Reporter rolls her eyes after cross about cinemas opening in Adelaide cut short for US riots1 juin 2020
An Australian television journalist has awkwardly stormed off camera after her cross about cinemas re-opening was cut short for coverage of the American riots.
Sky News Adelaide bureau chief Emily Burley was presenting in front of Adelaide’s Palace Nova Cinema on Monday morning when she was cut off by the network’s Sydney studio.
The cinema is understood to be the first to re-open its doors in Australia – having been shut for 10 weeks as part of social distancing restrictions.
Producers wanted to switch to a story about the rolling protests on the streets of the US city Minneapolis following the alleged murder of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white cop on May 25.
‘Sorry but we’re going to take you live now to Minneapolis where authorities give an update on the rolling protests there,’ the studio presenter said.
But the decision to abruptly cut her off midway did not go down well with the Adelaide-based reporter, who visibly rolled her eyes before walking out of shot.
It comes as chaos continues to unfold in cities across America, with cops clashing with protesters in New York on Sunday evening.
The historic St. John’s Church near the White House was set ablaze and police were attacked in Philadelphia on the sixth night of demonstrations denouncing the police killing of black man George Floyd.
It comes as Australian reporters in the US put themselves in the firing line while covering the mass protests.
Australian reporter Alexis Daish was left fearing for her life during the Los Angeles protests as a firework exploded metres away while she was live on air.
She and her cameraman were filming in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon local time when the firework round exploded nearby.
Tensions have escalated on the streets of Los Angeles over the weekend, almost 2000 miles away from where George Floyd died in Minneapolis on Monday
Ms Daish was reporting live for Monday morning’s edition of the Today show and was describing the chaotic scenes to Australian viewers when she was interrupted by a massive explosion and let out a chilling scream.
The frightening ordeal comes a day after Ms Daish was confronted by protesters when she asked them to explain their outrage.
‘We’re tired of people like you guys telling us how to feel about our own lives,’ one of the protesters said pointing at the young blonde reporter.
‘This anger is coming from hundreds of years,’ he went on to say. ‘Three people in two weeks… How many times does this have to happen?’
Another protester added: ‘We have done everything white people have asked us to do.’