An ABC newsreader was taken off the air last night after a bizarre rambling incident.
Audio was later published on social media, and the newsreader could be heard yelling “f**k off” halfway through a piece about Queensland’s coronavirus outbreak.
When the prerecorded piece ended, the newsreader took a long pause before struggling through the second story about China.
A second “f**k off” rang out before the bulletin quickly changed to a female newsreader.
An ABC spokeswoman said the company was investigating.
“We’re looking into what happened and making sure that our staff member is ok,” she said.
The newsreader involved in the incident has been a radio and television presenter and reporter for 35 years.
According to his bio. he has worked in commercial radio and television and has been with ABC News Radio since 2013.
Michael Smyth, a former ABC News Adelaide journalist, took to Twitter last night to question what was going on.
“What the hell is going on at ABC News? 10pm radio newsreader sounded completely out of it,” he said.
“They loudly shouted “fu*k off” twice and were replaced halfway through the bulletin.”
Mr Smyth described the situation as “quite bizarre”.
“It was quite bizarre. Huge pause after the news theme played. Followed by confused rambling without scripts, throwing to unnamed reporters, then shouting “fu*k off”. Happened twice.
“Then suddenly a different newsreader appeared.”