There’s no love lost between rival networks Seven and Nine, however, they appeared to have found a new admiration for one another on Tuesday evening after Nine did a live cross only for a Seven reporter to appear on viewers’ screens!
Nine was covering Victorian premier Daniel Andrews’ press conference regarding the spike in coronavirus cases in the state and subsequent closing of the NSW border.
Following Andrews’ speech, Nine was supposed to cross to one of its reporters in Albury-Wodonga – the border between Victoria and NSW – only for Seven reporter Teegan Dolling to appear on viewers’ screens.
Dolling, complete with Seven emblazoned mic and jacket, only popped up for a few moments and appeared oblivious to the technical glitch that had her mistakenly reporting for a rival network.
Realising the error of its ways, Nine technicians quickly switched back to footage of an interpreter signing at the Andrews’ press conference. Yet, not quick enough to leave a number of Nine viewers rather confused to what the hell they were watching.
B&T has reached out to Seven and Nine to get to the source of the blunder. A Seven spokesperson said it had nothing to do with them, while Nine accepted responsibility and blamed it on a “switching error”.
And it’s not the first time reporting from the Albury-Wodonga border has caused a bit of mirth.
As B&T revealed yesterday, Nine News journalist Reid Butler was in Wodonga on Tuesday, reporting on the imminent border closure when a local man carrying a can of VB crashed an interview he was doing with another local, and he had some concerns.
He said the closure is “not really good”. He continued: “Sir, I don’t really give a fuck. I’m in lockdown.”
“Mate, I live here, and you try to lock me out of bloody Albury and Wodonga? How am I supposed to get to Centrelink? That’s what I’m really worried about.”
A voice off-camera then asked: “Is there a Centrelink in Wodonga?”
“No, there’s not,” the local responded. “Nah, that’s very bad, hey?”
Reid shared the exchange on his Twitter account, which you can watch below.
— Reid Butler (@reid_butler9) July 7, 2020
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