When news presenters became the news in 2015

Ten News' Natarsha Belling and her phallic-shaped neckline.
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Ten News' Natarsha Belling and her phallic-shaped neckline.

A year in review of the times those known for presenting the news actually became the news. 

1. GENI-TAILOR

Sydney Morning Herald presenter Natarsha Belling's aptly named "penis jacket" (above) made headlines around the world after Unilad shared it on social media.

Belling's green Scanlan Theodore crepe jacket, with its uniquely-shaped neckline, was jokingly deemed too racy for prime time telly viewing.

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CNN's Poppy Harlow holding it together prior to momentarily passing out.
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CNN's Poppy Harlow holding it together prior to momentarily passing out.

 

2. A LIVE PASS

Just last week CNN anchor Poppy Harlow became the news as she fainted during a live broadcast.

Harlow was seen looking frazzled and heard slurring her words before momentarily passing out on air (the action was hidden by an infographic). The professional presenter resumed duties and thanked viewers for their concern.

3. ONE SIZE FITS ALL

The cheap dress with bold colours and strategically-placed black panelling was a popular (and somewhat overused) choice among television stylists worldwide, so much so that the frock featured in multiple news stories of its own.

Meteorologist April Warnecke in 'the dress'.
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Meteorologist April Warnecke in 'the dress'.

The $35 Amazon bargain ticks all the boxes when it comes to what a presenter wants, and local weather girls Renee Wright and Ingrid Hipkiss gave it a thumbs up as well. 

4. GOING COUGH WITHOUT A HITCH

Nine news reporter Peter Hitchener endured a recent newsdesk dilemma, with the veteran presenter losing his voice mid-broadcast. 

A pesky throat niggle forced Hitchener to swiftly pass the teleprompt duties to co-host Livinia Nixon, who kept the show humming. 

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5. A BODY-SHAMING FRONT

"Nowhere on North American TV have we seen a weather reader so gross as you (sic)," pregnant meteorologist Kristi Gordon read of her hate-mail during a live news segment. "Your front end looks like the Hindenburg..." 

Global News meterologist Kristi Gordon addresses her haters on air.
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Global News meterologist Kristi Gordon addresses her haters on air.

Gordon admits she and her Global News producers were ready for the body-shaming onslaught, as she had been through a similar process while working in television throughout her previous pregnancy.

"I feel like I'm a pretty confident person, I wouldn't be in this industry if I wasn't. I don't feel like this is affecting me, or has affected me," she said.

6. BRUSH IT OFF 

BBC anchor Carole Walker thought she had a few seconds to spare as she ran a brush through her hair prior to a news bulletin.  


Walker was sheepishly caught off-guard, dropping the hairbrush out of view, but leaving her black handbag on the newsdesk as she read headlines to millions of viewers. 

7. AN EMOTIONAL OUTRAGE

When Hilary Barry delivered a segment over the departure of friend John Campbell's show, she was overcome with sadness.

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3 News presenter Hilary Barry breaks down after a story about outgoing colleague John Campbell.

Turning away and requesting co-presenter Mike McRoberts read the next section of news instead, Barry touched viewers' hearts when she shed a few tears for the demise of Campbell Live.

However former MP and radio host Michael Laws called Barry "utterly unprofessional", saying her actions showed she lacked perspective.

Laws wrote on his public Facebook page that Barry was an "overpaid news presenter (who) tears up about… another overpaid presenter declining a three year contract worth eight times the average wage because his nose is out of joint".

8. GUN STORY GOES OFF

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TV3 reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan claims she bought a gun without a licence.

Story co-host Heather du Plessis-Allan bought a .22 rifle from retailer Gun City as part of an investigation into "the flaw in the mail order gun system that allowed people to buy guns without valid firearms licences".

However after the segment aired, police launched an investigation over her allegedly illegal purchase, and conducted a search of her Wellington home that du Plessis-Allan described as "unsettling".

Her husband, broadcaster Barry Soper, said the police investigation was like "taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut".

"This [story] was all about gun control and not allowing guns to be in the hands of the wrong people."

 - Stuff

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