David Docherty helmed the six o’clock news on KRBT when reports of a mall shooting took over his broadcast. When a girl trapped inside the mall calls the station to give her a report, she goes from witness to victim live on air.
Dead Air is the story of how tragedy and sudden fame can affect everyone involved in the event. It is the story of David, a reporter, whose live newscast of young Maisie Hughes’ death becomes a viral sensation. His guilt is in conflict with his desire to use the event to further his career. At the same time it is a story about the Hughes family: mom, dad, and middle sister. They are thrust in the spotlight where the private family is forced to reveal painful secrets and deal with their loss all under the public’s scrutiny. (7 hrs and 59 mins)