I’ve been working with the Birmingham Mail over the last 48 hours as they covered the ongoing disorder in Birmingham and parts of the wider West Midlands.
At first, the coverage of Birmingham by the national media was fleeting – after all, London was already burning.
Today, however, the focus of the national media has very much been on Birmingham, along with Manchester and Nottingham.
But none of the TV guys have got anything like the amount of material that little-known TV station Sangat has.
It’s easy to sneer at the way Sangat has covered the riots. Much of the time, the live footage is of them driving around Birmingham looking for places where trouble has flared.
At other times, they’ve parked up near the scene of incidents and start interviewing people.
The commentary and journalism doesn’t conform to what we’d normally expect from TV news – often it’s social and political commentary as much as factual information of what’s going on.
It’s rough and ready at times, but it’s also providing people with an eyewitness account without having to conform with so many of the journalistic rules we impose on ourselves. Such as always having cut footage short to go to the top of the hour sting.
A truly fascinating watch – and maybe a lesson to other broadcaseters too? Sangat can be found on channel 847 on the Sky platform.