Fury as girls’ talk is broadcast live

CNN has apologised after an anchorwoman’s chat with a colleague was accidentally broadcast live during a speech by President George W Bush.

The conversation between Kyra Phillips and another woman was clearly heard as Bush

talked in New Orleans to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. During the chat, Phillips talked about her husband and called her sister-in-law a “control freak”.

CNN apologised to viewers and the president, citing “audio difficulties”.

The gaffe happened when Phillips’ microphone remained on during a brief break from the set of the daily news programme Live From.

Her comments, which were at first muffled but then became clearer, started with an apparent expletive, before turning to praise of her husband in a conversation about men. Shortly afterwards she was heard laughing, before talking about her brother.

“I’ve got to be protective of him,” she said. “He’s married, three kids and his wife is just a control freak.” At that point, another woman’s voice is heard telling Phillips to turn off her microphone. — BBC News.