ABC newsreader cut short

A coughing fit struck ABC’s Sydney newsreader Juanita Phillips last night, causing the ABC to take a live feed from the Melbourne newsroom.

The Sydney newsroom’s evening chief of staff, Simon Johnson, said “It was just a tickle and it was a little distressing to her considering she was in the middle of a live bulletin. I can see her now and she is laughing about it.”

He denied she became upset during a story on the funeral of journalist Matt Price.

Phillips returned to the bulletin by the end, adding, “I’m happy to say we fixed our technical problems and a glass of water seemed to do the trick,” she said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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