TV host successfully negotiates hostage situation on live TV

Jose Luiz Datena 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A very popular TV host successfully negotiated a hostage situation on live TV in Brazil, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

The newscaster was suddenly thrust into the middle of a desperate situation after the suspect asked to speak with him while holding his family hostage with a knife.

Jose Luiz Datena, the host of the police and crime show Urgent Brazil, successfully negotiated with the man live on the air, with the suspect releasing his mother and sister, who he threatened to kill with the knife.

The police had surrounded a house in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, and had been negotiating with the suspect for about an hour, with no results.

It was then that the man asked to speak with Datena. The police agreed to his demand and a solution was found.
Datena, live on air, begged the man to free his sister and mother unharmed in which he eventually succeeded.

Later, Datena had regretted taking part of the nerve-wracking situation.

He was quoted as saying: "I am deeply sorry for doing that. It is not our role as journalists.”

Brazilian news cameras captured the moment when the two women were released, relieved, from the home, followed by the suspect accompanied by police.

It was reported that the man was having problems with his marriage and was distressed at the time.