In Haiti, Rival Australian News Crews Save Baby

By Andrew Gauthier 

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The Australian

He is the only Australian TV cameraman ever to win the Gold Walkley for journalism but when Richard Moran heard the soft, desperate cry of a baby girl beneath the rubble in Haiti, he put down his camera and started to dig.

“He was up to his waist, lifting out pieces of concrete,” says Nine Network reporter Robert Penfold, who was with him.

“And then, out of the ruins came this little girl, and I will never forget it. She did not cry. She looked astonished, almost as if she was seeing the world for the first time”. (Video here).

The world’s media has since run big on the story of “the Australian news team” that helped rescued her.

Confusing local viewers, however, was that both Nine and its rival, Seven, were saying they helped bring the little girl out, and the footage seen around the world was indeed of Seven’s Mike Amor, standing above the hole in the ground. More…