Live television is unpredictable. In recent history, the world has witnessed bad falls, embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions, and gruesome murders all while cameras ceased to stop rolling. Once a moment is captured by cameras, it is highly unlikely that it will not be seen by the public for years to come.
Supreet Kaur, a 28 year-old News Anchor in Chhattisgarh, India for the private IBC-24 channel, was doing her job as she normally did when she received the shock of her life.
Speaking in Hindi, Kaur describes a car accident that the station is reporting on as it rolls on the teleprompter and she speaks to a field reporter over the phone. What she didn't realize right away was that the fatal accident was that of her husband, Harsad Kawade, who she had been married to for a year.
The reporter told Kaur (and everyone watching the news) that three of the five people in a Renault Duster had been killed, and the anchor realized that her husband had been planning to travel on that exact route with four people in a Renault Duster. While she somehow kept her composure for the news hour, The Independent reports that Kaur broke down only after she left the studio later.
A senior editor told The Hindustan Times, “She got a sense that it was her husband’s vehicle. She read the bulletin and only when she came out of the studio, she started calling her relatives.” Kaur’s colleagues had also discovered that her husband was killed in the accident while she was reading the news, but did not tell her due to lack of courage.
One of Kaur's colleagues stated, “She is an extremely brave lady. We are proud of her as an anchor, but what happened today has left us in shock."
Here’s the video of the IBC-24 segment, in which the reporter on site describes the accident (in Hindi).