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News Team 01 January 2015 3 172
News Team is not just a privileged view into how the news is made, but also provides unflinching insight into the personal lives of those who make it. After watching News Team, no RT broadcast will ever seem the same. The series was independently filmed by Emmy-nominated Josh Silberman. Named Producer of the Year by the Producers’ Guild of America in 2011, Silberman has been a key figure on leading US shows Fear Factor, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars. He has also produced acclaimed extreme series Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, but says News Team is the most “extreme, real and unpredictable” show he has ever been a part of.
This episode introduces new faces in the News Team series. Harry Fear, a freelance journalist and filmmaker, reports on Israel's bombing in the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Paul Scott, an RT news correspondent with a background in sports journalism, travels to Rio de Janeiro to report on the World Cup final that coincides with President Vladimir Putin's tour of Latin America.
Harry Fear talks about the challenges he faces in Gaza as he arrives late for a live report and then has to interview a grieving family for the second time. Irina Galushko goes to a Russian town bordered on three sides by Ukraine to talk to Ukrainian refugees who fled to Russia.
Harry Fear is still in Wales, UK, where he interviews one of the organisers of the "No NATO Newport" protest. In the Donetsk Region of Ukraine, Paula Slier visits the Central Regional Hospital that has been recently bombed and currently has only one doctor left working there.
In Beslan, Bricio Segovia returns to the "City of Angels" to attend the memorial ceremony commemorating those who died in a school siege 10 years ago. In London, Harry Fear works on his report on NATO. He explains the writing process and various ways of making a news package.
Paula Slier talks to a German volunteer who came to Ukraine to join anti-government fighters. Meanwhile in Mexico, Bricio Segovia interviews soap opera star Victoria Ruffo. The Mexican actress enjoys a strong following in Russia after starring in several wildly successful series.
Roman Kosarev arrives at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines MH17 to find that, 24 hours after the tragedy, bodies of the passengers are still there and the only people who’ve visited the place are journalists. Meanwhile, Harry Fear’s work in Gaza City is tested when his equipment starts to fail.
Conflicts rage both in the world and in the hearts of RT reporters. Paula Slier heads to the West Bank. She explains how her inner nice person clashes with her as a journalist expecting violence. Thabang Motsei is torn between her love of clothes and her pity for animals as she visits a fur factory in Siberia.
At the Russian-Ukrainian border, RT Spanish correspondent Bricio Segovia and his colleague from RT Arabic, Anna Knishenko, interview people still living there despite the fact that many of the neighbouring houses were destroyed by bombing. Meanwhile in Berlin, correspondent Peter Oliver's girlfriend has a surprise for him on his day off.
Some of the biggest news stories around the world. In News Team, an award-winning documentary crew traverses the globe, keeping up with the channel’s leading reporters as they cover the stand-off in Ukraine, the war in Syria, and the machinations in the EU’s corridors of power
As Peter Oliver continues to report from the scene of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Ukraine, he manages to get closer to the blazing barricades made of tyres and burnt-out cars. Meanwhile, Paula Slier covers a pro-government protest in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.