B.C. NDP livestream crash prevents public from seeing Adrian Dix speech

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      Things weren't supposed to work out this way.

      We thought that when the B.C. NDP imported media whiz Brian Topp from back east as the 2013 election campaign manager, Adrian Dix might have an error-free run into the premier's office.

      But this afternoon, the B.C. NDP's livestream went kaput, preventing members from across the province from seeing Dix's speech to the faithful.

      It also detracted media attention from what Dix had to say.

      Earlier today, the deputy campaign director, Jan O'Brien, sent out a mass email urging people to tune in for the address at the "Weekend of Change" conference in Burnaby.

      The event is designed to reinforce the B.C. NDP's new marketing slogan: "Change for the Better: One practical step at a time."

      However, the livestreaming fiasco prompted Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason to poke a little fun with this tweet: 

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      Murray Nelson

      Feb 24, 2013 at 2:55pm

      I have been streaming since the year 2000. First mistake was using livestream. I have set up in front of CBC long time techs up and running in less than 1/2 hour. Trouble is I am in Lethbridge AB. Why am I here instead of the coast? $$$$ dummy. But you could have flown me out to the coast for the event. Its all in a suitcase.


      Feb 24, 2013 at 2:59pm

      Good job reporting on the content of the speech. I guess if the livestream fails you get to choose to fail in your duty to report the real news story too.


      Feb 24, 2013 at 3:15pm

      Gary Mason, sheesh. I guess that's just more of the journalistic practice we've come to expect from the Globe and Mail. Eh, Margaret?


      Feb 24, 2013 at 3:40pm

      Good to see Gary Mason maintain his unbiased journalistic standards. Did he tweet that from a free bar at the latest BC Liberal photo op?

      What a pathetic character. We'll find out more about him once the Furlong case hits the court.


      Feb 24, 2013 at 3:52pm

      But Paul, how can you report on what you don't get to see?

      David Eaman

      Feb 24, 2013 at 4:38pm

      I can see the conversation in the NDP campaign office right now: "My son and his friend do this "livestreaming" thing all the time, and they have a band with a PA system too, so we can get them to set up a something real quick! These kids know way more than us about computers ya know."

      Charlie Smith

      Feb 24, 2013 at 4:48pm


      I would have reported on the speech if I was able to see it at the time.

      Instead, I set myself up at the computer—at the urging of the deputy campaign manager—only to stare at a message telling me that the livestream wasn't available.

      Then I told our readers this.

      The Mason tweet was designed to show how the livestreaming blunder became the story rather than what Dix said.

      If the deputy campaign manager hadn't urged me to watch the livestream, this story wouldn't have appeared.

      Charlie Smith


      Feb 24, 2013 at 5:24pm

      Does this mean you'll be updating this piece now that youve had the chance to watch the livestream?


      Feb 24, 2013 at 5:25pm

      At least the rest of the media made it out - they even got to ask questions of Adrian Dix! ...something you wouldn't have gotten from the livestream.


      Feb 24, 2013 at 9:36pm

      Clearly Hui's a little pissed that his plan to cover the story from home where pants are optional, blew up in his face.
      Always amazed at how lazy journalists have become.