Thursday 20 July 2017

WATCH: RTE broadcaster handles on-air interruption by anti-abortion protester in the best way possible

RTE's Religious and Social Correspondent Joe Little
RTE's Religious and Social Correspondent Joe Little

Sasha Brady

RTÉ's Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent Joe Little employed the best tactic when dealing with an interruption to his live broadcast.

As the Citizen's Assembly met in Malahide on Saturday to discuss the constitutional restrictions on abortion in Ireland, Joe Little was there to report on its findings for RTE's Six One News.

However, his broadcast was briefly interrupted by an Pro-Life protester who entered his camera shot while holding up a banner which read: "You Must Not Kill: abortion is murder".

Without losing his cool or engaging the protester too much, Little handled the interruption like a gentleman.

Eyeing the protester in the way a weary parent would a bold child, Little reprimanded him with an "I beg your pardon" before gently pushing him out of shot.

And it was straight back to business.

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