Weathermen and women often receive some of the worst assignments in the newsrooms. After all, they regularly need to head into heavy rain or freezing snow. So, when Global News weather reporter Rob Leth had to cover the opening of an intertube sledding attraction, he thought it would be a walk in the park. But that’s not the way it would turn out!

After Leth finished his report, he ended his segment with an innertube toboggan race. Unfortunately, the children were having too much fun and did not keep their eyes ahead. One of the racers hit Leth head-on, sending him head over heels! Thankfully, Leth seemed to walk the flip off, even managing to sign off before collapsing into the snow.

Swept Off His Feet

Weathermen and women often receive some of the worst assignments in the newsrooms. After all, they regularly need to head into heavy rain or freezing snow. So, when Global News weather reporter Rob Leth had to cover the opening of an intertube sledding attraction, he thought it would be a walk in the park. But that’s not the way it would turn out!

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After Leth finished his report, he ended his segment with an innertube toboggan race. Unfortunately, the children were having too much fun and did not keep their eyes ahead. One of the racers hit Leth head-on, sending him head over heels! Thankfully, Leth seemed to walk the flip off, even managing to sign off before collapsing into the snow.

Animals Do What They Want

Even when a news reporter isn’t handling an animal directly, wild animals will often find a way to interrupt a news feed. Fox 40 News Sabrina Rodriguez was shooting a report on the Lodi Grape Festival when an unexpected friend showed up for their 15 minutes of fame. Believe it or not, a cheeky monkey seized his chance and clamped his paw on her right breast!

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Ever the professional, Rodriguez carried on with her snap and even attempted to joke about it! “He’s trying to cop a little bit of reel.” Despite Rodriguez’s efforts, Mickey still refused to remove his paw! So, the anchor quickly signed off, apparently to have a stern word with the animal handler!

One Mean Prankster

While everyone has to deal with interruptions, this news reporter had to deal with the worst kind of all: a pranky teen. Pranksters are always around, ready to mess up things, especially when you’re reporting news live from the field. This news reporter was broadcasting live from Washington Square Park when, out of nowhere, a random young man ran up and pantsed him in front of all the live viewers!

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Unfortunately, in an instant, this news reporter found himself living everyone’s worst nightmare. He even tried to chase after the prankster, but found it difficult to walk with his pants down!

Technical Difficulties

In 2017, the BBC had one of the biggest news blunders of all time. Not only that, but it occurred to a presenter of over 25 years, Hugh Edwards, on one of the channel’s biggest shows: BBC Nightly News at 10. When millions of viewers from all around the world tuned in, they were treated to one of the longest technical glitches in TV history.

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For nearly three minutes, which is quite a while on live TV, a technical fault bombarded viewers with random video clips broken up by the loud “Breaking News” announcement. Every so often, the program would cut to Edwards, who sat silently at the news desk, looking over his notes. According to Edwards, he had no idea anything was going on. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the presenter started the show, as if nothing happened.

Hey, put this on

For some strange reason, everyone really seems to care what their local weather woman wears every day. Especially KTLA Meteorologist Liberte Chan! One day, the weather woman was simply doing her job when one of the producers handed her a sweater on the air.

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As one would, while still live, Chan asked him why she needed to put on the sweater. “We’ve been getting a lot of emails,” he replied. Apparently, viewers did not think Chan’s black dress was appropriate for the morning weather. After putting on the cardigan, the weatherwoman said she looked “like a librarian.” Still, Chan apologized if she offended anyone and also promised she wouldn’t wear the dress again!

What Happens in the Netherlands

Martje Oesterholt, a Dutch reporter, wanted to make a splash in her interview with the mayor. Unfortunately for her, that’s precisely what happened. Apparently, the two were filming a promotional video for an Easter Festival when the anchor suddenly lost her balance while leaning against the side of the boat.

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Even though Oesterholt desperately tried to hold on to the rope next to her, she eventually ended up falling into the water. What’s more, there was a mass-confusion around her as the mayor attempted to use his mayoral chain to pull her back while the sound guy tried to fish the anchor out with his boom mic! Fortunately, Oesterholt managed to escape the river without injury – just embarrassment!

Shirtless Dad Cameo

Jessica Lang, who reports for Suncoast News Network in Tampa, recently discovered a new problem while working from home: interruptive parents. While filming a segment for work, Lang’s dad walked into the frame with his stomach out as he put on his T-shirt.

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At first, Lang didn’t know why her mother, who was holding the camera, stopped recording. “What did you do, mom?” Then, the anchor turned around and saw her dad standing shirtless behind her. “Dad! Holy cow!” she said with her fists raised in frustration. Later on, Lang posted the clip on her Twitter page, writing, “Work from home they said, it’ll be fine they said.”

The Surprise Guest

KTLA has had to deal with quite a few uncomfortable drop-ins over the years. For example, when Wendy Burch did a report on Los Angeles’ recent bid to host the Olympics, a man decided to creep up behind her and stand uncomfortably close. However, believe it or not, Burch did not even notice what was happening behind her back!

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When she finally turned around, Burch turned around and screamed in terror. After she did, the strange man ran off, never to be seen again. Thankfully, Burch was fine and even laughed the incident off. But really, dude? Not cool!

“Weather” You’re Visible or Not

Of course, transparency is incredibly essential in news media. However, Los Angeles-based meteorologist Liberte Chan took things to a new level when she literally turned invisible to viewers as she talked about the day’s forecast!

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In case you can’t tell from the photo above, Chan just happened to wear a dress that blended a little too well with the green screen. Surprisingly, this is not the first time she’s done something like that. You think he would learn! Thankfully, a helpful colleague was there to offer her his blazer! By the next go around, the weatherwoman had changed into something a tad more appropriate for the morning weather.

The Wrong Guy – Literally!

In 2006, Guy Goma was simply a man sitting in the BBC lobby, waiting for an interview for a regular tech position. Meanwhile, Guy Kewney, a British technology expert, also sat in the lobby, waiting to do a live consultation about a recent digital music rights case. So, when a BBC news producer approached Goma and asked him, “Are you Guy?” he said yes. Goma had no idea the producer was actually looking for Kewney! Not even five minutes later, Goma found himself on live TV, being interviewed by Karen Bowerman!

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As you might imagine, Goma had no idea how to answer the questions that Bowerman threw at him. He must have thought it was the strangest interview ever! Still, Goma managed to predict that more people than ever would start downloading music – and he was right! Sadly, he didn’t earn the IT job he wanted.

That’s One Giant Spider

One day back in 2012, Global British Colombia meteorologist Kristi Gordon was giving her regular morning weather report to western Canada. After explaining to viewers that they could expect a normal week, Gordon continued on, having the producers cut to a live shot of the Vancouver Harbour. That’s when a creepy crawly quite literally entered the picture. When the live shot came on screen, a giant spider hung over Gordon’s head!

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As it turns out, a spider had made its home above the camera, sitting perfectly in shot. “Oh, that is so creepy!” Gordon screamed before running off-screen. Meanwhile, her co-workers could not help but laugh at the weather woman’s terrified reaction!

An Awkward Kiss

Everything seemed fine as Fox Sport’s Erin Andrews covered the Daytona 500 in Florida in 2013 – until rapper 50 Cent went in for an unwanted kiss! At the time, Andrews was trying to find Danica Patrick when she happened to stumble across 50 Cent. He seemed to be very excited to see Andrews and gave her an unexpected kiss on the cheek. Meanwhile, Andrews turned her head this way and that, attempting to dodge the rapper’s lips.

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After hearing a lot of it, 50 Cent later tweeted, “Hey, I wanted to kiss her, so I did.” A few months later, Andrews told her side of the story, taking some of the blame. “It was my fault!” she told Access Hollywood. “I was rushed – none of the drivers were in their spot for the Daytona 500 pit walk.”

The Perfect Perch

Many people think local news is for the birds, not providing much more than simple entertainment. And San Diego news station KFMB did not do much to change this perception when they had a little animal snafu on the air. Anchor Nichelle Medina was simply reporting on an up-and-coming addition to the San Diego Zoo when one of the guests decided to waltz on-air, unannounced. And that guest was none other than 10-year-old Sophie, a scarlet ibis.

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Incredibly, Sophie flew right into the live shot, almost taking out one of Medina’s eyes, before perching on top of her head. Then, just moments later, it took off again, this time in the direction of Medina’s co-anchor, Eric Kahnert. Fortunately, after another few seconds, the animal trainer managed to gain control of the bird. But with inch long sharp talons, this situation could have turned nasty!

Making A Splash

Most of you have probably heard of “making a splash” before, but nothing quite like this. BBC sports anchor Mike Bushell has made plenty of errors before, as any news presenter has. But he honestly thought nothing could go wrong when he interviewed five English Commonwealth Games swimmers about their recent victory in Australia. In fact, Bushell felt so confident that he decided to conduct the interview from inside the pool! Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.

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Once he walked into the pool, Bushell only had time to get out the word “congratulations” out before he took a wrong step. A moment later, the sports presenter was wholly submerged in the pool! With his microphone ruined and his clothes soaking wet, Bushell could not even send it back to the news anchors in the studio. Needless to say, the interview was cut short.

Is She Naked?!

When the weather woman of Australian news program Today Extra, Belinda Russell, walked onto the set on August 22nd, 2020, viewers at home thought she had suffered the worst wardrobe malfunction possible: walking on camera completely naked. However, after their eyes adjusted, viewers realized Russell was not nude. Instead, she wore a bodysuit, entirely flesh colored, that gave the appearance of nudity. Why on Earth would anyone wear such a thing? Well, Russell didn’t have the best answer.

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“I do have my own style and am not your stereotypical weather presenter who wears dresses only, but I can see why this outfit has been a little controversial,” Rusell said the very next day. “If it was a different colour, I’m sure it wouldn’t have attracted so much attention and I probably should have checked it in front of the weather wall first.”

Hello?!

TV news transitions can prove particularly challenging. Without the proper notice, a presenter or weatherman can be live without even knowing it! Which is precisely what happened in 2018, when technical issues forced the BBC to cut to meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker early. Sadly, it appears no one let Schafernaker in on the glitch.

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After loudly asking, “Hello?!” a few times and receiving no response, Schafernaker thought he was off air. He had no idea thousands were watching him wander off-screen, pick at his nails and clothing, and even become frustrated at the lack of communication at play. Even meteorologists have off-days!

A Trick Gone Wrong

There’s nothing worse than messing up at work. Well, maybe messing up at work twice! In 2014, Four Seasons of Toronto Wine Director Emily Walker went on a local Canadian news program to talk about upcoming holiday events at the hotel. While there, she was also meant to demonstrate how to use a knife to saber-open a champagne bottle. But things did not go according to plan! On her first attempt, Walker shattered the bottle, soaking both her and host Steve Darling with champagne.

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Most people would quit at this point – but not Walker! Instead, she tried again. Sadly, once again, the knife hit the bottle too early, and it exploded, covering both Walker and Darling in foam and wine. Needless to say, the show did not invite the Wine Director back.