In the movie The Running Man Fireball's death is captured on the show but moments earlier, when Amber discovered that the three "pardoned" prisoners were dead, apparently weren't filmed even though the show is broadcast live.
How is this possible?
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It was the premise of the in-movie show that the "winners" would receive pardons...
Now Ben Richards could have gone to prison and paid the penalty but instead he volunteered for The Running Man...and have a chance at our fabulous przses like a trial by jury, suspended sentence, maybe even a full pardon like our previous winners, Wittman, Price and Hadad. You remember them, Wittman, Price and Hadad, there they are, and at this very moment they're basking in the beautiful Maui sun, their debt to society paid in full.
...but in reality they were killed (presumably by Fireball) and their escapes faked.
Recall that Ben and Amber were replaced by digital body doubles and "killed" for the audience even though they had escpaed.
The point is that the show is a sham. There is no actual escape, the totalitatian state which runs the show wouldn't allow it.
Recall the exchange after Ben & Amber's "deaths"..
Amber What's wrong? You should be happy, we're officially dead. We can go anywhere, do anything. Ben No, don't you understand it. He'll never let us out of here alive, they can't afford it. They'll get the police, the army and hunt us down like dogs, off camera of course.
So, yes it was filmed "live" until it was inconvenient for the state and then what was happening was either not shown or a complete fake.