New South Welsh police have opened an investigation into a woman who allegedly assaulted a journalist during a live television interview in a remote part of the state.
Key points:Police are investigating a report of an assault on ABC News reporter, Samantha MorseThe woman, Samantha Morris, was a member of ABC News Breakfast’s news teamThe ABC has been contacted for commentThe ABC’s Head of News, Mark Williams, said on Monday that the incident had been referred to police.
“This was an incident involving an individual who has been identified,” he said.
“As the matter is now under investigation, we will provide an update when we can.”ABC News Breakfast is broadcast nationally on ABC TV, ABC Radio and online.
The incident happened at 8.40am local time (9.40pm GMT) on Monday (local time) on the ABC News website.
Police are yet to confirm the woman was the woman who assaulted Ms Morse, but they are investigating whether it was a “serious” assault.
Ms Morris was a contributor to ABC News breakfast’s news coverage of the 2014 global pandemic, where she interviewed Dr Peter Diamandis, a Nobel laureate and one of the world’s leading experts on the pandemic.
“It’s been very upsetting,” she said on The Drum’s live blog.
“The first thing I thought was: I can’t believe this.
We’ve got a reporter with us.
And I’m a journalist, I’m an editor.
We have a right to have a fair and balanced interview.”
But then I realised: I’ve just got to let her know how much I value the ABC and I want to be respectful and fair.”ABC staff were on hand for the live broadcast of the programme, and Ms Morsel had been sitting in a seat between the anchor and a reporter on the desk.”
I’m not sure what I did wrong,” she told the programme’s host.”
She was a good and lovely woman.
“The woman was wearing a red dress with a floral pattern and she had a blue tie and red jacket.ABC News breakfast has been broadcasting on ABC television since 2002.
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