News anchors mistake TV plane crash for breaking news

Alys Francis, ninemsn
10:36am December 2, 2012
December 02, 2012: Two US news anchors suffered an embarrassing moment on live TV when they snapped into breaking news mode to cover a plane crash, not realising it had been staged for a TV show.

Two US news anchors suffered an embarrassing moment when they snapped into breaking news mode to cover a plane crash, not realising it had been staged for a TV show.

Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash of WGN-TV, a local Chicago news station, reported on the plane crash on a Chicago highway earlier this week.

The station's news helicopter hovered over the crash site and filmed the scene as Potash and Baumgarten began speculating on possible injuries.

"These are our first picture folks so bear with us, we're not getting much information," Baumgarten says.

But just as the anchors began discussing the lack of ambulances and "frenzied activity around the plane", they received a message through their earpieces about what was really going on.

"Ah, we are just getting word that this is being shot as part of a TV show," Potash says.

Baumgarten said: "Are you kidding me, they might want to tell the news folks when they're doing this!"

Author: Alys Francis.
Sources: GawkerWGN-TV.

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