News anchor in India praised for her composure after learning of husband’s death on live TV

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 April, 2017, 4:13pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 April, 2017, 9:56pm

People across India are hailing the composure of a television news anchor who learned of her husband’s death as she delivered a breaking news report on live TV.

Supreet Kaur was reading the morning news bulletin for India’s IBC24 channel in Chhattisgarh state on Saturday when a reporter called in a story about a fatal road crash.

Producers confirmed that her husband, Harshad Kawade, was among the men who died, but told the Hindustan Times they did not “have the courage” to tell her.

Nevertheless, Kaur had “got a sense” that her husband’s vehicle was the one involved in the accident, but continued broadcasting for another 10 minutes, the colleagues said.

“For a moment her voice trembled, but she collected herself and carried on reading the news till the bulletin got over 10 minutes later,” Ravikant Mittal, IBC24’s editor-in-chief, said Sunday.

Watch: Indian news anchor discovers on air that her husband was the victim of a car crash

Once the broadcast was over, Kaur emerged from the studio and broke down in tears. She called the reporter for more details from the accident site before informing her family about the accident, Mittal said.

Kaur and Kawade had been married for just over a year and lived in Raipur, Chhattisgarh’s capital.

Mittal said Kaur has been working with IBC24 since its inception nine years ago.

She already was a popular news anchor, and many people took to social media to post their admiration for her after seeing the composure and professionalism she displayed on Saturday.

“Amazing grace” was one of the many comments posted on Twitter to describe Kaur’s composure.

According to the World Health Organisation, India’s roads are the among the world’s deadliest, with more than 200,000 fatalities each year.

Poorly maintained roads and lax enforcement of driving rules are often blamed, though drivers are also poorly trained and can easily pay bribes to secure a license.

Associated Press, The Guardian