Scott Morrison has been caught in an awkward moment on breakfast television after not realising he was live on-air.
The Prime Minister had just been miked up for his live cross to Channel Nine’s Today Show on Wednesday morning when the segment encountered technical difficulties.
Today Show host Allison Langdon informed viewers they would be doing a live cross to Canberra where Mr Morrison was standing by.
‘A good morning to you Prime Minister,’ she greeted him.
The Prime Minister appeared to be oblivious he was already on air during a live cross to the Today Show’s Allison Langdon
Vision appeared of a Rydges Hotel in Melbourne instead of the live cross to Canberra.
‘Hello, Prime Minister if you’ve got us,’ a confused Langdon continued.
‘I’m here,’ the Prime Minister replied in the background.
Mr Morrison finally appeared on screen with a blank expression.
‘Ahh, nice to see you. We’ve only just miked you up,’ Langdon starts the interview.
A distracted Mr Morrison looks around, appearing to be oblivious he was already live on air.
Ms Langdon told viewers they would be going to a break as technical difficulties with the live cross to the Prime Minister in Canberra continued
‘Prime Minister can you hear me?’ Langdon asked
‘Was I live then? Oh, good,’ Mr Morrison replies before a producer appears on screen to speak to him.
Langdon said: ‘These are the joys of live television, everyone. Prime Minister can you hear me OK?’
‘We’re not hearing from the Prime Minister at the moment. We will come back to him after the break.’
Three minutes later Mr Morrison appeared again and was able to restart the interview with a working microphone and camera feed.
The Prime Minister praised Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for his reaction to a recent spike in coronavirus cases and said the state had his ‘full support.’