A BBC reporter accidentally touched a woman's boob during his live TV broadcast

He was just trying to “minimise disruption.”

Live TV is hard. There are so many things that could potentially go wrong, especially when you’re interviewing someone in the street, and another member of the public interrupts your broadcast.

That’s what happened to BBC reporter Ben Brown this week, who was interviewing Norman Smith, the BBC’s assistant political editor, about the Labour manifesto launch.

During the interview, a passerby approached the two men, gave a thumbs up, and said, “Absolutely fantastic.”

While Smith said to the woman, “Just give us one second,” Brown tried to get her out of the way by pushing her… by her boob.

Now, it’s normal for a journalist to find some polite way of asking someone who’s interrupted their live broadcast to stop.

Brown could have paused the interview and asked her to leave. Or maybe he could have waved her away, in a nice way.

But Brown was so fixated on Smith during their interview that when he reached out to push her way, his hand somehow managed to cup around her right breast.

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This obviously didn’t go unnoticed.

The woman then ‘slapped’ his arm, and looked pretty pleased with herself as she walked away.

For his part, Brown tweeted about the incident, saying, “Unfortunate interruption of broadcast in Bradford - just tried to minimise disruption but v tricky live on air - completely unintentional.”

The BBC said there wouldn’t be any repercussions for Brown as it was “clearly an accident.”

He got off much better than Australian news presenter Natasha Exelby, who lost her job after she was caught off guard during a live, late night news shift.