“Just think of your mother. Pretend to be the news tells her.” That advice gave Nadine Desloovere to Dany Verstraeten when they are thirty years ago the first VTM NEWS presented. With knees under the desk. That broadcast was on February 1, 1989, directly, immediately after the openingsgala of VTM. Tomorrow tell Nadine and Dany extensively about that first time in the first episode of “30 YEARS, VTM NEWS” and see viewers hardly-before-seen footage from behind the scenes of that historic news and the champagnefeestje afterwards. Also other nieuwsankers of then and now like Every Pattyn, Lynn Wezenbeek and Birgit Van Mol will tell you about their baptism of fire in front of the camera, and how that was associated with the necessary stress and discharge afterwards.
Also reporters Faroek Ozgunes, Patrick Van Gompel, Bo boudewijn Van Spilbeeck and Robin Ramaekers come to the word. They have, among other things, about the danger that sometimes you walk as a journalist. Because as a reporter, you come sometimes in dangerous situations. And no reportage is a human life worth. Dany Verstraeten talks about the loss of VTM NEWS pioneer Danny Huwé. “That was the hardest news that I have ever had to bring. You must tell about the death of a friend and a colleague.” Danny Huwé was in december ’89 in Romania by a sniper and killed. Danny then brought report of the revolution in Romania. A opdoffer that heavy impression on the young where the report is ignored.
A historic day was september 11, 2011. When a first plane in one of the World Trade Center towers in New York flew, was the entire editorial team to see to the live images when their eyes suddenly a second plane crash into the towers to the throne. That day, journalists who worked with never forget. Inhuman suffering, events that the world order upside down and yet, it was a strange way to kick. Because there was so much at the same time. Marc Dupain presented that day, a marathonuitzending, received from 14.00 live guests and went on until late in the evening to go home. “It was only when I a few days later to a wedding ceremony had to, I got a heavy knock. Suddenly I saw before me the images of the people who from the towers jumps. Then I really have to go,” says Marc.