Deborah Knight forced to read paper script as autocue fails on Nine News

Anything can happen on live television.

Deborah Knight discovered this the hard way on Saturday, after Nine News Sydney suffered a teleprompter error during an evening broadcast.

The experienced journalist was forced to report a segment from a paper script when her autocue malfunctioned.

Deborah Knight was forced to read from a paper script during Saturday's Nine News Sydney as the show suffered a technical error when the autocue failed

Deborah Knight was forced to read from a paper script during Saturday's Nine News Sydney as the show suffered a technical error when the autocue failed

Deborah Knight was forced to read from a paper script during Saturday’s Nine News Sydney as the show suffered a technical error when the autocue failed 

‘Nightmare end to a peak hour trip home in Blacktown,’ introduced Deborah, while speaking into the camera.

The 46-year-old then had to glance down at her notes repeatedly, switching her focus between them and the camera.

It is believed the autocue was down for around 15 minutes, according to TV Tonight

'Nightmare end to a peak hour trip home in Blacktown,' introduced Deborah, while speaking into the camera, before having to then look down and read from her notes to proceed

'Nightmare end to a peak hour trip home in Blacktown,' introduced Deborah, while speaking into the camera, before having to then look down and read from her notes to proceed

‘Nightmare end to a peak hour trip home in Blacktown,’ introduced Deborah, while speaking into the camera, before having to then look down and read from her notes to proceed 

She's a pro! It is believed the autocue was down for around 15 minutes, TV Tonight report

She's a pro! It is believed the autocue was down for around 15 minutes, TV Tonight report

She’s a pro! It is believed the autocue was down for around 15 minutes, TV Tonight report

The mishap occurred less than a week after Nine News reporter Mark Burrows also resorted to a paper script when his teleprompter stopped working. 

Despite powering through the report, the moment proved distracting for viewers, with Deborah failing to maintain eye contact as she read the script. 

At the time, she was reporting on the moment a road rage biker smashed a car windscreen with a gun in peak hour Sydney traffic before riding off last month. 

The rider was caught on dashcam getting off his bike and approaching a driver in Blacktown, western Sydney, on Thursday May 16 at about 5.30pm.

Suddenly, he pulled a gun from his pants and pointed the firearm through the window, leaving the petrified driver fearing for his life. 

Dramatic: At the time, Deborah was reporting on the moment a road rage biker smashed a car windscreen with a gun in peak hour traffic in Sydney last month

Dramatic: At the time, Deborah was reporting on the moment a road rage biker smashed a car windscreen with a gun in peak hour traffic in Sydney last month

Dramatic: At the time, Deborah was reporting on the moment a road rage biker smashed a car windscreen with a gun in peak hour traffic in Sydney last month

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