Is this the sneaky bugger?

The Herald on Sunday has refused to release details of the sneaky and furtive camera man who secretly recorded the conversation between John Banks and John Key.

I started looking through footage from various media outlets including the video that was posted on the Herald website. It was while I was watching the Herald video that I noticed the last frame. It credited the video as coming from Bradley Ambrose.

I then googled him to get an id and then reviewed the footage on Stuff and TVNZ. The Stuff footage seemed to always be opposite the Herald footage so I was hopeful he would appear. He does, just behind John Banks and John Key as they are going up stairs into the cafe:

Then I watched the TVNZ footage and again compared it to footage on the Herald. In the opening sequence in the Herald footage it is taken from a high angle and the TVNZ footage captures Bradley Ambrose holding his camera high above his head cross matching his own footage.

It seems too that Bradley Ambrose has a beef with Police cordons, he mentioned as much in a Twitter exchange with another freelancer:

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It is inconceivable that an experienced camera-man “inadvertently” left a microphone turned on in a bag. I would suggest he deliberately did this and used the bag to cover the microphone. The only question that remains now is did the Herald on Sunday order him to do it or was it his own idea?

Right now the Herald on Sunday are looking like News of the World for sneakily recording a conversation illegally.

I don;t know how any politician will be able to talk with any repeater from Herald on Sunday without wondering whether or not they will be secretly recorded, even if they are off the record.

It seems too that the HoS has quoted David Farrar out of context, that seems to be a pretty sneaky thing to do as well.

All round the Herald on Sunday hasn’t covered themselves in glory.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.