Personally, I’m feeling like I was one of the few people who did not watch at least some of the Chilean miners being rescued, live, earlier this week.
This past week was personally and business-wise a very busy time for me, so I did not see any television coverage. After talking with some friends, however, I decided to explore it with my favorite site, Google. Of course I had my pick of stories, but I believe I chose the first one on the first page. I attempted to copy and past the link, because it came from a newspaper story out of Chile, but I couldn’t accomplish that.
So, here are a few things I learned from the story I read, which was spotlighting the man who shaped how the world viewed the rescue.
Reinaldo Sepulveda, Chilean Presidential Media Director, worked for a period of time to figure out how to capture the rescue so it could be viewed. I’m assuming it was after the ability to rescue the miners was established.
Here is a man who has three decades experience as a television producer and director. And, by the way, the Chilean President is the former owner of a television channel, Chilevision, so he liked the idea of showing the rescue for so many reasons.
It would appear that what they did was create a wonderful show with a very happy ending. I don’t want to minimize the gravity of the situation, and I believe Mr. Sepulveda did a wonderful thing allowing the world to see what was going on. According to the article, there were numerous facets to this whole thing, beyond camera angels and technical issues.
For the story, here is the publication with the article (which won’t seem to allow me to copy/paste the link): The Globe and Mail, article name: The Man Who Shaped How a Billion Viewers Saw the Chile Mine Rescue, article 1757904.