Candid television shots of a real birth on Seven’s Operation Live drew emotional reactions on social media last night.
The birth of baby Elijah to Erine & James under the hand of obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Steven Tan at Mater Hospital drew much praise:
But others were confused about whether it was happening Live to Air. It was not.
Seven originally promoted the event as Live “every step of the way” in keeping with the UK production. But the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons strongly objected to a Live broadcast suggesting the show be pre-recorded and edited in case anything goes wrong or it distracts the surgical team.
Last week Seven confirmed the second Live heart operation would be put “on hold.”
Plans for a Live caesarean were also switched to pre-recorded. Yesterday’s operation took place in the afternoon, with no “Live” stamp on screen. Instead viewers noticed a clock indicating 2:20pm.
In 2015 National Geographic aired the first-ever Live brain surgery on Australian television.
TV Tonight has contacted Seven over its claims the production would air Live to Air.