First Live Video Call From Everest

Climber in trouble with authorities

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A British climber who conducted the first live video interview from the summit of Mount Everest has incurred the wrath of Nepalese authorities who say the call was made without their permission.

A number of climbers have made calls—albeit without video—from the summit, but Purnachandra Bhattarai, joint secretary of Nepal’s tourism ministry, told The Independent that the climber, Daniel Hughes, had broken the law by failing to seek permission from the government for his broadcast.

“Even the tourism ministry has to seek permission from the communication ministry to film, broadcast or conduct media related events on Everest,” said Bhattarai.

The trekking agency hired by Hughes is now under investigation.

Hughes was hoping to raise money for the anti-poverty charity Comic Relief. The call, made with an HTC One, was the first from the summit using a smartphone. Despite the effort, Hughes still has $1,537,099 left to raise toward his charitable goal.

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