Nine News in Melbourne got itself an old-fashioned version of Twitter tonight when a seagull decided to drop by its new live camera overlooking the CBD.
Presenter Peter Hitchener had to hold back the chuckles while reading the live bulletin as the bird walked right across the screen.
“It was so funny,” Hitchener told TV Tonight. “And because of the camera angle it looked huge!”
Although he saw the wayward bird, Hitchener says the subject matter of the story he was reading precluded him from acknowledging it.
“It would happen to fly in during a serious news story, and I could make no mention of it. Everybody else in the studio behind the cameras was falling about laughing,” he said.
“It was the funniest thing, but I had to keep going.”
It wasn’t until after the sport that the team could make light of the moment.
For the record, Nine News already has a more conventional Twitter account that’s a lot easier to handle.