Darwin Shooting

Reports are filtering through about a mass shooting in Darwin.

Gunman on the run.

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ABC reporting up to 4 people are dead.

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Very poor coverage by the commercial news services (especially Nine who unlike the other two, actually have a presence in Darwin) so far?

Honestly if something like this happened in Sydney or Melbourne, the networks would probably suspend programming for rolling coverage!

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to be fair it’s probably a lot harder to get any ongoing coverage from Darwin given lack of resources and a news event in a city of 100,000 is less likely to get the same level of coverage as a city of 4 or 5 million.

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Nine was spotted driving past the ABC News live cross.

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7 News Perth a few minutes ago:

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Seven Darwin has a small team of camera operators and a reporter. Probably hear from them shortly.

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If it was in a big city, it would be the top story

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Excellent coverage from ABC so far, live crosses on local, national and 7:30 bulletins.

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Live cross on Nine just then:

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ABC mentioned that there has also been casualties along Gardens Hill Crescent near Channel 9.

According to how Australia and the US measures these kinds of gun attacks, this is a ‘mass shooting’ which has broken the spell since Port Arthur.

Edit: Never mind, forgot about Margaret River.

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10 just had a breaking super around 8:42 during MasterChef.

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Very tragic news. Press conference at 9:30pm (EST)

Matt Cunningham is live on Sky News in Darwin

Poor form from Nine Melbourne - just aired an update with Peter Hitchener with no mention of Darwin, obviously recorded at the end of the 6pm bulletin

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It probably won’t be, but this should be the story which makes Nine think “We made a mistake when we made major cutbacks in Darwin two years ago”!

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I think it will be. A mass shooting on any scale in any city deserves national coverage. I expect that the breakfast shows, particularly Sunrise, will do special coverage in the morning.

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