The biggest danger to any live broadcast is that anything can happen. Whether it’s a dog on a lawn mower or a curious kid who just happens to wander into the shot, it doesn’t take much for an unexpected interruption to become the bigger news story.
1. THE BBC GOES HAYWIRE
On March 10, South Korea President Park Geun-hye’s removal from office was an important global news story, so the BBC enlisted Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan National University for his analysis of the situation. During the live Skype session, it became clear that Kelly was in his home office when his kids, four-year-old Marion and infant James, came strolling (and rolling) in—followed by Kelly’s wife, Kim Jung-A, who made a Kramer-esque entrance. The chaos, coupled with Kelly’s low-key embarrassment, turned the video into an instant classic. The memes came quickly, and the children were enshrined in art.
In a follow-up video, Robert and his family explained how the incident came about. Kelly’s family was sitting in the living room, watching Robert on live TV. Marion recognized the office and decided to go see her dad, with James following. Kim, who was busy trying to record the interview, lost track of the kids for a moment—which was all it took for the youngest members of the Kelly family to join an ever-growing club of children who took the opportunity to steal the spotlight during live newscasts.
2. THE FORECAST CALLS FOR “FARTS EVERYWHERE”
The same week that Marion Kelly became a viral sensation, meteorologist Patrick Ellis of WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, saw his weather report crashed by a young boy named Houston, who ran into the live forecast because he wanted to be on TV. After presenting his backside to Ellis, Houston was invited to help with the forecast. “Yeah, there are farts everywhere and toots!” he predicted, just before his father grabbed him. In a Facebook video, an amused Ellis explained that he would have let the child continue, but Houston’s father—a lawyer who was appearing on a call-in show at the station—removed him from the set.
3. DENVER REPORTER MAKES BABY CRY
Dan Daru of FOX31 in Denver was at a farm festival in 2012 when he spotted a young boy named Drew, and decided to make him part of the story. Drew didn’t know what to make of the situation, but his face said it all—and then the tears came. Daru got a chance to make it up to the boy when he interviewed Drew and his mother a year later, but Drew has a long memory.
4. THE KARDASHIAN WEDDING REPORT GETS HIJACKED
In 2011, Kareen Wynter delivered a report to CNN on Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kris Humphries—but all the audience could see was a boy who wanted to show the world the many faces he could make. Based on his quick exit, we can only imagine that his mother must have given him some serious stink eye.
5. A FLOOD IN LOUISIANA CAUSES DAMAGE, AND DANCE MOVES
When an historic flood caused lots of damage in Louisiana last August, local station WAFB was there to cover it live. But in this report, viewers got a floor show in the background when a young boy decided to show off his smooth dance moves for the camera.
6. A MALL-GOER GOES VIRAL
In 2014, 15-year-old Brendan Jordan of Summerlin, Nevada, attended the grand opening of the Downtown Summerlin Mall. The teenager was at the front of the crowd when KLAS-TV broadcast a report from the event, and launched into a fierce dance routine when “Applause” by Lady Gaga came on. He stood out so much among the smiling faces of the crowd that the video report went viral overnight. Jordan’s father, Chris, helped the teenager parlay his virality into internet stardom. Jordan appeared on numerous talk shows, has modeled for American Apparel, and has more than 265,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.
7. THE COURTHOUSE PHOTOBOMB
After a court hearing in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in 2013, reporters were awaiting a press briefing—and one teenager, seeing his opportunity for fame, positioned himself in camera range. He didn’t have much of a plan, but he knew making faces would make him the talk of his school the next day. (It worked.)
8. 5-YEAR-OLD (APPARENTLY) TAKES OVER THE NEWS
Five-year-old Noah Ritter of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania went to the Wayne County Fair in 2014. He’d never been on live TV before, but made the most of it when Sofia Ojeda of Newswatch 16 interviewed him. Ritter became an internet meme as the Apparently Kid. He also went on The Ellen Show several times and even got a job starring in a TV ad.
9. AN EPIC MALL VIDEOBOMB—AND SHOUTOUT TO MOM AND DAD
Seeing a TV camera at work can be too tempting for some people. An Australian newscaster did a remote broadcast from a mall, but no one cared what he was saying when a young lady with Down syndrome spotted the camera. Her excitement caused the reporter to offer his microphone to her, and she said those words all parents hope to hear when this kind of thing happens: “Hi Mom! Hi Dad!”
10. STEPHEN CURRY GETS OUTMANEUVERED
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was supposed to be in the spotlight in this 2015 NBA post-game interview, but his two-year-old daughter, Riley, wanted to see her dad. Though Stephen had scored 34 points against the Houston Rockets that night, it was Riley who won over the press. Since then, Riley—now four—has become a celebrity in her own right; check out more of her adorable appearances.