(There really is a factual question for SDMB Newsies coming up. Hang on…)
I was hanging out yesterday morning, reading SDMB and not planning anything in particular, when the phone rang. FOX needs a video crew to go to Couer d’Alene, Idaho to cover breaking news about some missing kids. Being a holiday weekend, they got a lot of answerphones and couldn’t find anyone else – so they called us. They wanted two people, a camera and a microphone. (There’s more to the story, but I’ll save that for MPSIMS). I drove down to Bellingham and we packed up the gear, and started on the 400-mile trip to Couer d’Alene. We hit the ground running and shot live interviews with a police official, somebody else, the waitress who recognised the little girl at a Denny’s restaurant, some ‘as-live’ footage of the FOX guy, and a few live broadcasts of the FOX guy. We had an 0400 call this morning, but as we were driving to Spokane we got a call that the regular crew had shown up. Apparently they’d gotten the message and were able to make it out for today’s taping; so we were done.
This is the first time we’ve done live TV. So: Two guys, broadcast camera, 800 miles total trip, 14 hours travel time, three hours of shooting. What is the ‘reasonable and customary’ fee that networks pay for this?