Former producer on corporate journalists: “They get paid six figure incomes to do what they do.”
While in Vancouver recently, I was chatting with Patrick Corbett about how corporate media works behind the scenes.
*Apologies for the background noise, this was impromptu, after hearing his insights.*
“If you’re working for a network like NBC, CBC, what people don’t realize is that behind the scenes you’ve got so much backup in every way.
First of all, before you go out, you’ve got a team of researchers preparing things for you. You’ve got people who have contacts everywhere. When you go to a place like Syria you have a fixer; a fixer is a local person who has contacts, can take you places..things like that.
You go with things like a satellite phone, so you’re always in touch with your home base. If you have any problems, they’ll get people to you….” “They’ve got somebody who will work with you doing your voice-over.
When somebody stands in front of the camera, that’s not what’s coming out of their head, its what’s coming out of the corporate entity that is that news producing organization.”
“They get paid six figure incomes to do what they do.”