Australian Newscaster On Air Breaks Down: Anchor Reacts To Sad News On Live Broadcast

Regina Avalos - Author
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Dec. 18 2014, Updated 3:41 a.m. ET

An Australian newscaster on air breaks down after she makes a shocking discovery, and video of her broadcast is now making international headlines. According to the New York Daily News, Natalie Barr was on air reporting on the siege at a Sydney Café during the Sunrise news program when she discovered that she knew one of the victims killed in the attack. She had met the woman, Katrina Dawson, through a colleague that worked for the television station.

In a raw live moment, the Australian newscaster became emotional on air, and Barr revealed her connection to the woman, who was one of two people killed during the attack that lasted for 17 hours before it ended on Tuesday. She spoke openly during the news broadcast, according to Spread It.

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“Katrina Dawson was the sister of a prominent barrister Sandy Dawson who has done some work for Channel Seven. I know (him) and have friends who know, she was a mother of three children. I’m just finding this out this morning.”

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Barr went on to say that the family of Katrina Dawson was “suffering” from the loss of the wife and mother. The hostage taker involved in the attack, Man Haron Monis, shot Dawson when she tried to protect a pregnant friend from the gunman. Police killed Man Haron Monis at the end of the standoff.

Many are now mourning the death of Dawson, who was a lawyer with the The New South Wales Bar Association. That organization released a statement about her death.

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“Katrina was one of our best and brightest barristers who will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends at the NSW Bar.She was a devoted mother of three children and a valued member of her floor and of our bar community.”

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Outbursts by newscasters on air are not rare. News reports are live on air. It is well known that anything can happen when a broadcast airs live. In a moment, a broadcast can become news. Earlier this month, Mika Brzezinski was live on MSNBC reporting a chlorine gas attack when she was told what a furry was. At first, the woman began to laugh, but then she got up from her chair and ran out of the news studio, according to E! Online.

The Inquisitr shared the details on another reporter that quit live on air to show her support for the legalization of marijuana. During the broadcast, she revealed that she owned her own medical marijuana business. Charlo Greene was live on air on Alaskan television station when she used an expletive before quitting. She is now being investigated for possibly breaking campaign finance laws.

What do you think of the Australian newscaster’s on air break down?

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