We’re all probably familiar with the hilarious story of Natasha Exelby’s adorable little blooper on ABC News 24 over the weekend.
If you haven’t seen it, basically she didn’t realise the camera had cut back to her in the studio, so she had a brief one-second freakout.
It was the best.
— Media Watch (@ABCmediawatch) April 9, 2017
Well, I’m sad to report that for some inexplicable reason, the newsreader has been stood down from on-air duties by the ABC.
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) April 10, 2017
Given how incredibly minor the mistake was, it’s incomprehensible why the national broadcaster would stand her down.
It’s especially ridiculous when you stop and consider how error-prone live television is.
You just have to realise that sometimes these things happen – not because you’re unprofessional or unfit, but because humans actually make mistakes sometimes
Natasha's ABC24 bosses are absolutely monstrous arseholes and if I met them I would mock them til they cried. https://t.co/GUE3IXi8WG
— Jon Kudelka (@jonkudelka) April 10, 2017
So to make this point and protest the ABC’s decision, journalists from all different TV networks and publications have started the #PutOutYourBloopers campaign.
The Twitter campaign has journos revealing their own embarrassing bloopers to show how common these mistakes are, and highlight the sheer absurdity of the decision.
Apart from hopefully doing some good, the bloopers make for hilarious reading, so get around it:
— Tracey Spicer (@TraceySpicer) April 10, 2017
— Rebecca Morse (@RebeccaMorse10) April 10, 2017
— Malcolm Farr (@farrm51) April 10, 2017
I danced in my seat in the news booth in between audio grabs, not realising we were live streaming the news bulletin. #putyourbloopersout
— Lisa Barnes (@Barnsy_Lisa) April 10, 2017
I started eating a Tim Tam live on air during rolling coverage of a leadership spill #putyourbloopersout
— Ashleigh Gillon (@ash_gillon) April 10, 2017
"The Roosters have had their worst slump under c**t Trent Robinson" #putyourbloopersout
— Louise Rennie (@lourennie) April 10, 2017
I once instantly ruined an April Fools Day joke by stating on air "And now for an April Fools Day joke…" #PutYourBloopersOut
— Dan Ranson (@danranson_) April 10, 2017
I once said "sadly we lost Simon Townsend from Wonder World a few years back" only for people to email me Wikipedia pointing out he's alive. https://t.co/9cximjLLDQ
— BenFordham (@BenFordham) April 10, 2017
— Shelly Horton 💃🏻 (@ShellyHorton1) April 10, 2017