Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sam's On-Air Bungle Ends Up on ABC's Media Watch

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sam's On-Air Bungle Ends Up on ABC's Media Watch

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WIN TV learnt the hard way this week that when you make a big mistake on air you're probably going to end up on ABC's Media Watch.

Half-way through reading a story for the Mackay news bulletin, Rockhampton-based Samantha Heathwood run into trouble.

"Now under the new legislation, lenders will be required to alert investors of the need to top up their...

"Oh, far out!" was the audio broadcast across Mackay on May 8.

"What happened with that?" Sam said, apparently not able to read her autocue. "No, but I couldn't read anything!" she announced before the story stopped and started back from the beginning.

And without a word of explanation, Sam read the whole story again - perfectly. It wasn't Sam's first on-air bungle that failed to be edited out.

In a live cross with National Nine News in 2006, Sam, covering the Raglan plane crash tragedy, was caught off-guard when the cross returned to a black screen. Although viewers could not see anyone, a few colourful words were clearly heard.

* As a sidebar, The Buzz offers Sam best wishes with her marriage to Kieran Toohey in Rockhampton next weekend.

Sam wrapped up work yesterday as she prepares for the wedding.

Taylor gets the star treatment

WORD is former CQ boy and now NRL powerhouse Dave Taylor (below) was given the star treatment recently.

The Buzz hears Hollywood A-lister and Souths chairman Russell Crowe gave the big prop a personal tour of what's on offer in Sydney.

Dave was also put up in a flash apartment.

The Buzz reckons Dave, who has been starring for the Comets, is going to be a big hit down south.

Health Minister limps into Rocky

FEDERAL Health Minister Nicola Roxon literally limped into Rockhampton for a flying visit this week.

Ms Roxon, who was only in the beef capital for a couple of hours, was struggling with a foot problem when she dropped into Rockhampton Hospital on Thursday. …

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