This evening’s ABS news is a good example of why Jamaican journalist and broadcaster Garfield Burford is unmatched at ABS.
The sad reality is that there is no other journalist at ABS who can do what Burford does.
There may be other people in Antigua who can do it but none of them is currently in the media. It is also very likely that they would not be paid to match their skills.
As the evening news was going to a break this evening, there apparently was a teleprompter malfunction. The veteran journalist Andy Liburd spent what felt like five minutes hmmmming and awwwwing. Any television presenter worth his/her salt knows they should keep their scripts handy in case the teleprompter fails.
But even if there were no scripts, the video of the screen was showing what has been the biggest story all day — the Colorado supermarket shooting in which a gunman killed 10 people.
Andy Liburd sat there fozenen and continued to have a meltdown on the set.
It was the very experienced Garfield Burford who saved the evening, and I am guessing he adlibbed the look-ahead, something that almost anyone living on planet earth should have been able to do once they saw the video of the Colorado shooting.
I am embarrassed for us. We can do better. Swallow your pride and bring in Dr. Jacqui Quinn to give our people voice and speech training. — Signed: We are better than this
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