How a Smartphone Turned a Day at the Seaside Into a Reporting Assignment

Today, everyone with a smartphone needs to be prepared for breaking news. The Eastbourne pier fire on 30 July was a news event where the iPhone came into its own. Phil Harrison, a radio car reporter for BBC Radio Kent, was in the town with his son and wife. It became apparent that their plans for a quiet afternoon at the seaside would have to take a back seat to this breaking story.