A CBC reporter has filed a complaint to the RCMP after she was kissed by a stranger while during a live report from the Squamish Festival.
The physical contact occurred during the 6 p.m. broadcast of the Vancouver station’s evening news on Friday, the festival’s first day. Megan Batchelor was doing a story on the weather forecast for the festival and the possibility of performance cancellations due to rain when a young shirtless male approached her from behind and kissed her on the left cheek.
She continued the live broadcast, appearing nonchalant by the man’s behaviour, but that was not the case.
“As much as I’m not physically hurt, I’m rattled,” Batchelor said in a CBC report. “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.”
The public broadcaster is urging the public to send tips to the Squamish RCMP if they know the identity of the man. Statements have been taken from Bachelor, her cameraman and a witness.
“The safety of our employees is paramount. This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable under any circumstance,” said CBC senior managing director for B.C. and Alberta. “It’s become a disturbing trend that no one should have to endure.”
Over 40,000 music fans are expected each day at the three-day Squamish Festival.