BBC journalist praised after cursing man randomly interrupts show at Manchester Piccadilly station

A journalist has been praised after a swearing man suddenly interrupted a show filmed at Manchester Piccadilly train station. BBC station Nicholas Garnett was at the station on Thursday (23 June) reporting on the current railway strikes when a random man appeared behind him and began cursing.

Garnett stuttered for a moment before continuing the part for the camera. He stood in a relatively empty Piccadilly Station as another day of workers’ strikes hit the UK, with a huge cut in services.

The clip, shared by BBC trainer Marc Blank-Settle, shows the random man, dressed in a blue jacket, running after Garnett before leaning forward and cursing. He smiles and walks away, while the journalist apologizes to the viewers and says, “Sorry about that and apologies for the language used there.”

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@Marcsettle shared the clip, praising Garnett for his handling of the situation on social media. He wrote: “I think @NicholasGarnett handled this bit of abuse really well.”

Nicholas himself commented on the incident, tweeting: “Adding this to the long list of hassle journalists routinely get these days. This was far less than many colleagues on a regular basis.”

It comes as another day of strikes by RMT union workers has continued for a second day, with massive cuts in services across the country. Workers were urged to work from home and many chose to drive to work instead, causing chaos on the roads during rush hour.



A photo of a slightly creepy Piccadilly Station amid strike action

This week tens of thousands of workers joined Britain’s largest railway strike in 30 years. About 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ union voted Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before departure in a dispute over wages and working conditions, causing great inconvenience to millions of passengers.

The Manchester Evening News was at Piccadilly and Victoria stations talking to those on the picket lines about their reasons for striking. The public also stopped to talk to strikers about the dispute over pay, benefits and jobs.

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