Friday 17 November 2017

BBC weather presenter faints on live TV

Adam Boult

A BBC weather presenter has been praised for her professionalism after she apologised immediately before fainting during a live broadcast.

Rachel Mackley, who presents the weather for BBC South East, was in the middle of a report on Friday evening when she appeared to become short of breath - then said "I'm so sorry, I'm going to faint".

Presenters Polly Evans and Rob Smith appeared extremely concerned for her well-being and can be heard summoning help.

After the broadcast dozens of viewers contacted the studio in Tunbridge Wells to offer their best wishes.

A tweet from the official BBC South East account offered concerned viewers reassurance, saying: "Just to let you know our weather presenter Rachel is up on her feet and will be absolutely fine. Thank you for all your kind messages."

Her colleague Rob Smith said: "Just to let you know @BBC_RMackley is up on her feet and will be absolutely fine. Thankyou for all your kind messages of concern and support."

On Monday evening Rachel tweeted to say she was feeling better.

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