Cameraman interrupts Holland's opus

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2002, 12:00am

ING Barings was yesterday serving up more than coffee and biscuits in an effort to entertain media representatives at its 2002-The Asian Equity Markets Revival media conference.

The show started shortly after the arrival of a cameraman from terrestrial television channel TVB.

The cameraman thought it would be a good idea to set up his tripod in front of Far Eastern Economic Review reporter Tom Holland.

Mr Holland objected and asked him to move, which he did, grudgingly.

The cameraman then had a change of mind and moved it back.

Meanwhile, ING's chief economist, Tim Condon - who deserves an award for carrying on in the face of adversity - was explaining the bank's thoughts on Asia.

'What we are looking for is trying to find economies in Asia which can generate domestic demand-driven growth and are not dependent on exports,' says Mr Condon.

'The other key feature for the outlook for . . . (voice trails off)' crash, bang, wallop as the cameraman's tripod falls over and there is some shoving.

Cameraman shouts at Mr Holland: 'Why are you trying to beat me up?'

Mr Condon quips: 'Goodness, a bit of controversy away from the speaker,' followed by: 'Gentleman, please,' as it starts to get out of hand.

Things quieten down, but a bit of argy-bargy can still be heard coming from the protagonists.

A little while later . . .

Cameraman shouts at Mr Holland: 'Why don't you speak in Chinese? I'm calling the police.' He gets on the phone.

Markus Rosgen, ING's clearly annoyed Asian strategist, says sarcasticly: 'Excuse me, if you want to have a conversation here, why don't you do that?'

According to reports from the scene, after the Press conference, Mr Holland was questioned by the police because the cameraman - who was reportedly last seen leaving the bank's offices strapped to a wheelchair - insisted on pressing assault charges.

A source close to Mr Holland said the real victims of the incident were ING's Mr Rosgen and Mr Condon.

'But at least it stopped anyone asking them why they had a buy on the euro,' said the source.

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