It was a scary few moments for Global Toronto reporter Mark McAllister last night, who suffered an on-air medical issue that left him with badly garbled speech. While viewers watched, McAllister attempted to add to a news story on the strife in Libya, but the information he was trying to present about Canadian fighter planes performing missions in the area was nonsensical.
“Thanks to all for inquiring about last night,” McAllister wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday morning. “Feeling better now after some disorientation live on the air. Following up with doctors today.”
Global News released its own statement early Tuesday:
“While on the air during the 6 p.m. News Hour broadcast on Monday, March 21, Global Toronto reporter Mark McAllister suffered a minor medical issue causing him to experience a moment of disorientation. Paramedics were immediately called to the scene, where Mark was fully checked out and is feeling better. As a precaution, Mark will be pursuing this matter with his own doctor.
Mark would like to thank all Global Toronto viewers who have expressed concern for his well-being.”
McAllister’s episode is a reminder of CBS reporter Serene Branson, whose post-Grammy report was marred by garbled speech. After receiving medical attention, it was revealed a migraine headache was the culprit.
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