Broken News: This Hilarious Collection Of Bloopers Shows The Lighter Side Of Live TV
Veteran TV anchor Sandra Sully has come face-to-face with her fair share of remarkable talent, but none have come close to when she crossed to Hugh Jackm---
Sorry, we mean Network 10's now National Affairs Editor Hugh Riminton.
"Thank you, Hugh Jack... Hugh Jackman, I'm sorry, that's our next story," Sully said, as a smile crept over the other Hugh's face.
"Hugh Riminton reporting there from Canberra."
"I'll take it," quipped Riminton, as Sully shot back "yeah, me too if I could!"
Years later, she remembers the "weird moment" as one the pair laughed off.
"You think you're focusing on what you're saying or what's next, but clearly something has stuck in there and it comes top of mind," she said.
"Fortunately I was crossing to somebody who was equally as experienced, and we just had a giggle."
Early on in her career, Sully learnt mistakes and awkward on-air moments were part of the pressure cooker that is live television.
And there have been plenty of them -- from reading the news in an open newsroom as thunder strikes, to keeping cool on a new set as cameras wander off mid-sentence and screens go black...
She's not alone, however.
Newsreader bloopers are a standard part of the magic of live TV, and they often make for some of the funniest moments you'll see.
From being splashed with mud by a passing car, to embarrassing slips of the tongue and unpredictable encounters with animals, we collected some of the best bloopers in TV news history, which you can see in the video above.
Sully said that this is all just part of the game.
"You never really know what is going to happen. There is no warning when the proverbial hits the fan," she said.
So how does she do it?
Sully's mantra is to keep calm and carry on with the bulletin -- always keeping one eye on the "off-air" monitor.
"Despite all the other TV sets in the studio, and having producers talking in your ear, that's the most critical one for me," she said.
"Otherwise you're just living in your own bubble."
At the end of the day, before the next day's bulletin rolls, she said she finds some crucial perspective.
"After all this time, I'm not sure you get any better at it, but you are certainly less panic-stricken knowing that you aren't physically going to die," she said.
"Accidents happen and you've just got to roll with the punches and laugh it off. Nothing is a catastrophe.
"It is what it is."
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