Sky News reporter 'harassed' by man during live TV report on lockdown from Preston city centre

A live television news report on the new lockdown restrictions in Preston was interrupted by a man exclaiming: "We're on TV."

Saturday, 8th August 2020, 11:19 am
The live Sky News broadcast form Preston was interrupted by a man who was clearly excited about appearing on TV. Credit: Sky News

The reporter was describing events the led to the government stepping in and ordering people in the city not to meet with other households in homes and gardens from today (August 8).

But his broadcast yesterday outside the Twelve Tellers pub, on Church Street was cut short after a man in the background approached and using expletives.

He called over to others, saying: "We're on TV."

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A second man then approached, with the reporter looking visibly frustrated as the pair appeared to ignore social distancing advice to stay 2m away from people from other households where possible.

As the programme switched back to the studio, the presenter commented that his colleague has been subjected to "a bit of harassment from a member of the public".

The scenes were met with disbelief by many on social media, with one person commenting: "This is what civilised society is up against."

Several said it highlighted the difficulty of getting people to comply with social distancing rules, while another called it "embarrassing".