Friday 23 August 2019

Paris Terror Attacks: BBC reporter cannot hold back the tears during live report as he speaks about hope

BBC Reporter Graham Satchell
BBC Reporter Graham Satchell

A BBC breakfast reporter broke down during a live broadcast from Paris as he spoke of hope for France.

Journalist Graham Satchell was standing in front of one of the memorial in the city when he spoke of the Eiffel Tower being lit up again in the colours of the French flag.

He said: "The feeling here in Paris has certainly changed significantly since we arrived on Saturday when Paris was a ghost town.

"Last night it was incredibly busy. There were vigils here, there were vigils at the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was lit up in red, white and blue, which I think is a sign of hope."

As he passed back to Sally Nugent and Bill Turnbull in the studio his voice began to crack with emotion as he said: "I'll leave it there. There is certainly hope in Paris.

"I'm sorry, I'm so sorry," he said walking off camera, clearly upset.

Mr Satchell later tweeted to apologise, saying he was "humbled" by what he had witnessed in the city - but was "mortified" about what had happened on camera.

Social media has been ablaze with messages of support for the presenter.

One said: "Job well done - huge respect and admiration, thank you".

Another said: "And this proves newsreaders are people too - Graham Satchell, showing honest and true reporting."

Mr Satchell later took to Twitter to say thank you for all the "kind tweets".

He said: "Thank you so much for all the kind tweets. Humbled by Parisienne response in last few days. It was just a moment - slightly mortified."

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