While CTV (Canada) Reporter Megan Batchelor was going live from a music festival, a man ran up to Batchelor from behind, kissed her on the cheek and took a selfie with her before running away.
Batchelor as saying she was "rattled" by the encounter and felt like the unidentified man was purposely trying to interfere with her ability to do her job.
Batchelor has filed a police report and now they are looking for the suspect and her network is asking anyone who can identify the man to contact the police.
CTV Vancouver reporter Julie Nolin was fondled live on-air during the CTV News live 5 p.m. broadcast on the same day. As she was reporting from Squamish Fest near Batchelor, one girl hugged Nolin and another grabbed her buttocks.
“I think it's Megan's right to go to RCMP. I've had these incidents happen many times over my career,” Nolin said. “I don't agree with the behaviour, though my view is that as a reporter, you try to make the best of it. I don't know if 'girls on girl' makes it different, but I wasn't mad.”
In an emailed statement to the Canadian Press on Sunday, the CBC said that this incident is another example of a disturbing trend and the network will do everything it can to ensure its journalists are safe when reporting from the field.
H/T Canadian Press