WATCH: ESPN Colombia Announcer Survives On-Air Video Wall Collapsing Over Him
People inside and outside the news industry know that most of the action is supposed to take place outside of the studio. We have seen clips of the intrepid weather reporter braving the wind and surf of a tropical storm, or seen journalists reporting live from dicey neighborhoods. Perhaps the kings of risk are the war correspondents on the front lines in conflicts around the globe.
The occupational hazards aren’t supposed to happen in the secure confines of the television studio set, but for ESPN Colombia presenter Carlos Orduz, the danger was real as an entire LED video wall fell on him from behind (video below). Fortunately, after a medical check the night of the incident, March 9, doctors confirmed that Orduz escaped injury, with a firm blow to the nose, bruising, but no fractures.
The collapse happened while ESPN Colombia was broadcasting live analysis and commentary about Colombian professional soccer. Host Francisco Javiér Vélez was presenting, while Orduz appeared oblivious to his impending mishap, organizing his own scripts and notes.
“To those who wrote me and greeted me after the accident last night, I should tell you that I’m ok, thanks to God. After the medical checkup, the respective exams ruled out any issue, only a bruise and a blow to the nose (without fracture), Regards and thanks” says Orduz in a tweet.
A quienes me escribieron y me saludaron por el accidente de anoche, debo contarles que estoy bien, gracias a Dios después del chequeo médico, de los exámenes respectivos, se descartó cualquier tema, solo una magulladura y un golpe en la nariz (sin fractura). Saludos y gracias ?
— Carlos Orduz (@orduzrubio) March 10, 2021