THE LIVE BROADCAST — TV reporting can be rough. If I had to talk on camera all the time, I'd probably combust over trying not to trip over my words.
But somehow, broadcasters manage to stay poised even when they're at a crazy scene of an accident, a protest, or inside a stranger's house. It's sickening. My social anxiety leaves me unable to call businesses for weeks on end, and broadcasters can walk up to a cop and start asking questions like it's nothing. Broadcasters are absolute monsters and improvisational masters.
That poise makes seeing a broadcaster lose composure even more delicious.
But what are you supposed to do when a golden retriever steals your microphone in the middle of a live broadcast?
For Nadezhda Serezhkina of Mir TV, that's exactly what happened.
A dog in Russia grabbed the reporter's microphone and ran away during a live broadcast pic.twitter.com/R1T8VZ5Kpt— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) April 2, 2021
Like a true professional, Serezhkina tries to hold onto her mic as the dog leaps away, but the pup disappears into the crowd as quickly as it jumped on screen. Serezhkina keeps running after it, leaving a stunned anchor named Elina Dashkueva behind her desk at the station. Dashkueva handles it like a straight-faced champ, but that somehow makes the absurd situation even funnier.
Mediate reports that Dashkueva says, "It looks like we have lost the connection to our correspondent ... We will try to connect with her momentarily."
Serezhkina came back on air to report that no injuries occurred, though "the microphone took a bite or two."
pleased we could reach an amicable settlement pic.twitter.com/kLby0SeB8o— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 3, 2021
In good humor, Mir TV aired a follow-up interview where Serezhkina met the dog in a much more docile state, with the Washington Examiner reporting that she joked that Moscow's Spring weather was perfect for dog walking. Clearly, the retriever has the face of no regrets.