A Minister has called for “security” during a wild live TV cross at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The feed of a live Sky News TV cross with UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries was on Thursday evening (AEST) cut after threats were picked up by the live microphone.
Dorries was speaking from a Commonwealth Games live sight in Victoria Square when an off-camera altercation involving a cameraman became heated.
She was seen nervously glancing repeatedly away from the camera before stepping in to stop the interview when shouting could be heard in the background. “Shall I go? Shall I move,” she said to the side of the screen.
“We’re going to have to go Kay, I’m sorry. Your cameraman is in a little bit of trouble,” she said to host Kay Burley.
Dorries then asked for security staff to respond to the incident.
The entire argument was captured on the live broadcast microphone.
“Don’t touch me. If you lay a finger on me I’ll have you arrested for assault,” a man was heard saying.
Dorries then told the audience that the cameraman involved had not touched the man.
“He’s not touching you. The cameraman did not touch him,” she said.
The man then responded: “He can’t touch me, madam. What do you mean he ain’t touching me? He can’t. I’ll have him arrested in five seconds flat.”
Dorries later posted on Twitter about the incident.
“Eventful start to the media round today but so glad to be here in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games and to see the amazing impact the government’s £600 million investment has had on the city and region.
“Fantastic atmosphere — can’t wait for the opening ceremony tonight.”