CBC News reporter Megan Batchelor was doing a live report from the Squamish Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada, last Friday when an unidentified man ran up and kissed her while taking a selfie (video below).
Batchelor has filed a complaint against the man with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
She told CBC News:
As much as I'm not physically hurt, I'm rattled. I was just doing my job when this happened and I feel like he deliberately tried to interfere with my ability to do my job just for a laugh.
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This is a problem that is affecting too many of my colleagues.
I get that reporting live comes with risks but I don't think one of them should be people who don't think how their actions affect other people. Their amusement shouldn't have to come at the expense of reporters.
CBC News is asking viewers to call the police if they recognize the man.
Also, last Friday at the same event, CTV News reporter Julie Nolin was reportedly hugged by an unidentified woman and grabbed on the buttocks by a second.
Nolin told CTV News:
I think it's Megan's right to go to RCMP. I've had these incidents happen many times over my career. I don't agree with the behavior, 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.