CBC journalist Megan Batchelor kissed live while covering music festival in Squamish
CBC journalist Megan Batchelor has been disturbed live in BC, when a man kissed her on the cheek before the camera.
Megan Batchelor was covering a music festival in Squamish, north of Vancouver, on Friday when the incident occurred.
It was live newscast 18 pm when a man came quickly from behind, kissed her on the cheek, taking a selfie and fled running.
Megan Batchelor said she was “shaken” by surprise, reported CBC, and felt that the man was trying to interfere with his ability to do his job.
In a statement sent Sunday, CBC added that the incident is a further demonstration of a disturbing movement and the network will do everything in its power to ensure that journalists are safe on the ground.
A complaint was made to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the network asked everyone who knows the man to contact the police.
The RCMP said it had taken the depositions of Megan Batchelor, a cameraman with the CBC and a witness.
The responsible sector commander, Sergeant Major Brian Cumming, however, argued that the information provided by the public will be essential to enable the police to identify the man in inquiry.
It is not yet possible to know whether it will be accused of something, as the sergeant major Cumming not speculate about it. He noted that in British Columbia, unlike other provinces, the police must submit the case to the Crown and that it is the prosecutors who decide whether charges are laid.
Several women journalists on television also experienced incidents, including bystanders screaming their obscenities. Earlier this year, a man was fired from his job at the Ontario electricity provider Hydro One after shouting sexist remarks to a CityTv journalist.