World media flocks to Halifax to tell Titanic story – CTV

CTV Atlantic
Date: Friday Apr. 13, 2012 5:36 PM ET

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The 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy is big news in the Maritimes, particularly in the Halifax area which has its own claim to Titanic fame, but the event is making waves worldwide too.

Reporters, photographers and TV crews from around the globe have flocked to Halifax this week as they have chosen the Nova Scotia capital as the perfect place to tell the tragic story.

The Fairview Lawn Cemetery looked more like a movie set Friday morning as NBC correspondent Kevin Tibbles broadcast from the Titanic gravesite for The Today Show.

“I think that this city is a city that represents what happened to the Titanic,” said Tibbles. “This is a city that mobilized itself at that time and I think that’s the reason why we’re here.”

Halifax was the closest mainland port able to help with the recovery mission in the North Atlantic and several cable ships left the city to bring bodies back.

More Titanic victims are buried in Halifax cemeteries than anywhere else in the world and a TV crew from Southampton, the English city from which the RMS set sail, was visiting one today.

About 550 Southampton residents lost their lives in the sinking and many are buried in Halifax. The TV crew started work on their coverage of the 100th anniversary a year ago.

“There wasn’t enough money to send them home so this is where our people are, and that’s why we’re here, really,” says ITV correspondent Mike Pearse.

Those who are organizing the events commemorating the sinking of the Titanic say they knew there would be significant media attention, but it has exceeded their highest expectations.

“It started around November 27 when Fox News declared coming to Halifax for the commemoration in the top 12 things to do in the world,” says Titanic 100 chair Andrew Murphy.

Many of the visiting reporters are here to interview local historians and share the city’s story with their audiences, who admittedly don’t know much about Halifax.

“I think a lot of people probably would be surprised at the link with the Titanic and Halifax,” says Mike Amor, a correspondent for Seven News in Australia. “But they’ll know after tonight.”

A memorial service will take place Sunday at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where more than 120 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Kayla Hounsell

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