No egos as LBC pulls together

LBC called on everyone from managers to trainee journalists on work experience to report from the bombed areas.

Operations
manager Rob Hooker, who worked as a radio reporter in his early career,
got to Edgware in a minicab when news of the explosion came in the
newsroom. Although mobile contact was difficult, Hooker managed to call
in a number of times to do live twoways throughout the day.

He later hitched a lift back to the West London studios.

“It
can sound like a cliché but there were no egos, everyone pulled
together to do the job,” said Hooker. “I think we punched way above our
weight as a result.”

The day before, staff on the Chrysalis-owned
station had worked flat out covering another big story for the capital
– the 2012 Olympics.

Reporter Amanda Walker had been in Stratford
since 5am and went in a radio car to Liverpool Street, remaining on the
story for nearly 12 hours.

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