An American newsreader broke the news of her own engagement live on air when her boyfriend hijacked the autocue during a weekend news bulletin.
Jillian Pavlica, an anchor for Alabama news station FOX54, was told by her producer that there was a breaking news story and she needed to read what was written on the screen in front of her.
But mid-way through the “breaking news” item, Pavlica twigged that she was reading her own wedding proposal live on air.
She started by saying directly to the camera: “We have some breaking news to report to you. FOX54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed to on live TV right now …”
She started laughing, then weeping, as her fiance Vince Ramos walked on set and her colleagues left them to their moment.
But it was far from private, with the cameras still rolling and their engagement becoming the regular “good news” story at the end of the show.
Ramos told his bride-to-be that he’d been waiting for the right time to propose.
“Finally, all of our pieces are falling together and I can’t picture a day in my life not waking up with you by my side,” he said, before getting down on one knee.
“Jillian Pavlica, will you marry me”
She said yes, thankfully.
FOX54 reported that Pavlica’s producer, Dana Conley, told her that she had written a breaking news script and put it in the teleprompter. She instructed Pavlica simply to read what was in front of her.
Later, Pavlica tweeted: “Did I just really get proposed to live on air Umm.. why yes.. I think I did!!! Holy cow!
“I can’t breathe. Ahhhhhhh”
“Still can’t believe I’m engaged. We’ve been together 6 years and I’m just thrilled. Thank you all :).”
– Sydney Morning Herald