A video clip that shows a Vietnamese reporter throwing his ringing phone on live TV has gone viral in both local and global media and social networks.
Seasoned journalist and reporter Sy Khoe was talking about the recent storms in northern Lang Son Province during a live news session on national broadcast station VTV on July 25 when his phone rang, much to his surprise.
After an awkward pause, the middle-aged reporter took his phone from his pocket and threw it to the side of the studio.
The phone made a loud noise when it hit the floor, causing Khoe to stumble over his words.
The 40-second video clip of the incident was posted on social networks the same day, raising mixed reactions from local netizens.
Some considered the incident a TV “fail” and criticized the reporter as well as the national broadcaster for being “unprofessional.”
Others viewed it as a mere accident, and voiced sympathy and respect for the reporter, who has 16 years of experience.
Several international news websites also reposted the video clip, giving the incident a comical spin.
“Guy tries to play it cool when his phone rings on live TV, then panics,” “Here’s what you should not do when your phone rings on live TV,” and “That awkward moment when your phone rings on live TV” are some of the articles that have been shared on global websites over the past week.