A reporter has been praised after a man swearing suddenly interrupted him during a broadcast being filmed at Manchester Piccadilly station. BBC broadcaster Nicholas Garnett was inside the station reporting on the ongoing rail strikes on Thursday June 23 when a random man appeared behind him and started swearing.
Garnett stuttered for a moment, before continuing with the piece on camera. He stood in a relatively empty Piccadilly station as another day of workers’ strikes hit the UK, with a huge reduction in services.
The clip, shared by BBC trainer Marc Blank-Settle, shows the random man in a blue jacket running behind Garnett before leaning forward and swearing. He laughs and walks away, as the reporter apologizes to viewers, saying, “Sorry about that and apologies for the language that was used there.”
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@Marcsettle shared the clip and praised Garnett for his handling of the situation on social media. He wrote: “I think @NicholasGarnett handled this little abuse very well.”
Nicholas himself commented on the incident and tweeted: “This adds to the long list of hassles that journalists regularly have these days. It was far less than many colleagues are regularly subjected to.”
It comes as another day of strike action by workers from the RMT union continued for a second day, with a huge reduction in services across the country. Workers have been told to work from home, with many opting to drive to work, causing rush-hour chaos on the roads throughout Thursday.
This week, tens of thousands of workers joined Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years. Some 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union voted to stand down on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in a dispute over wages and conditions, causing widespread disruption for millions of passengers.
The Manchester Evening News was at Piccadilly and Victoria stations to talk to the pickets about the reasons for their strike. Members of the general public also stopped to speak to the strikers about the dispute over wages, working conditions and jobs.
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