Sunday 25 February 2018

WATCH: RTÉ reporter keeps his cool after he's interrupted by 'absolute gobs***es' live on air

David Murphy interrupted during his report
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An RTÉ news reporter has been praised for "keeping his cool" after a group of young men interrupted his live broadcast.

Business editor David Murphy was speaking about the new database for fraudulent insurance claims on the Six One broadcast this evening.

As he neared the end of his report a group of young men jumped in front of the camera and screamed.

Instead of losing his cool Mr Murphy simply paused, allowing the producers to cut back to the studio.

His professional reaction has won him a number of admirers online with many praising his "cool head" under pressure.

And while there is praise for Mr Murphy twitter users have branded those who interrupted the broadcast as 'absolute gobs***es'.

This is the second time in recent days that reporters have seen their live broadcasts interrupted.

RTÉ's Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent Joe Little was reporting from outside the Citizen's Assembly at the weekend when 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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