Frontline Television News
was a cooperative of freelance cameramen formed during the chaos of the Romanian revolution
in 1989. Founded by Vaughan Smith
, Peter Jouvenal
, Rory Peck
and Nicholas della Casa
, during the next 15 years they went on to film some of the most memorable images of modern television, despite paying a huge cost. Altogether eight cameramen, some linked directly with Frontline News TV, others indirectly, were killed while working. Loyn, David. Frontline: The True Story of the British Mavericks Who Changed the Face of War Reporting
. Michael Joseph (Penguin Books), 2005.
Apart from providing independent news coverage of major events, many members used their military background and knowledge of local culture in places like Afghanistan to navigate dangerous battle situations and obtain pictures few other journalists could obtain. They also pioneered some technical innovations, such as using small Hi8
cameras in the early 1990s, and live satellite newsfeeds in the early 2000s.
In 2003, Vaughan Smith
, one of the two surviving founder members of Frontline News TV
, turned the operation into a club in London aimed at offering a gathering place for those who believe in independent journalism, a place to remember colleagues that had died and a lobby to push for better support of the freelance community.
This became the Frontline Club
, one of the leading media talking-shops in the UK today.
Frontline journalists who have died