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Paul Larkin

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"Lets make GREED history" outburst on prime time TV shock

TV news presenter sacked after - "emotional, unprofessional" outburst

Irish television executives moved quickly to remove a senior news presenter who they claim was guilty of an "emotional" and "totally unprofessional outburst" during Monday evening's prime time six o'clock news slot. Station insiders have revealed that management was especially incensed at the presenter’s behaviour given that a group of VIPs from the USA and Britain was on hand to witness the amazing live on air departure from the news script.
One member of staff, who wished to remain anonymous, said:

I was there on the studio floor and there was no sign of what was to come. We were aware that the dignitaries were up above in the studio gallery. Everything was grand until the news piece about the aid package. It was supposed to be one of those happy clappy stories. You know, the ones to try and raise the mood at the end of the news in preparation for the soaps that are coming up next. The presenter read his lines about the aid package but then he seemed to just flip. He looked up at the studio gallery and then started going on about some Arab prince. Everyone was so gobsmacked that he went on for some time before the director cut to the fault card and they played U2 music or something to try and cheer the VIPs up.”

For those who may have missed the outburst, the whole scene is available at where the presenter is seen to announce the 30 billion pounds sterling aid package to Africa and other third world areas. He then stops reading, is seen to write something on a notepad, and then begins to make comparisons between the 30 billion pound package and the one billion pounds sterling which has been given to a Saudi prince by a British arms company in exchange for a contract to supply warplanes to Saudi Arabia. The presenter is seen and heard to say:

“How sick is that? Africa gets 30 billion, supposedly to relieve poverty, and sicknesses related to poverty, and a fabulously rich prince gets 1 billion in return for an arms shipment contract. I mean, what can ONE person do with one BILLION pounds? What a disgusting and perverse way to run affairs and what a lesson for the emerging nations. It is quite..”

At that moment the sound is cut but the presenter holds a small card up to the screen which says - The problem is not poverty but GREED. Then the picture disappears, U2 music is played and a card appears apologising to viewers for a " technical hitch”.

The presenter, James Connolly Larkin, is believed to have been escorted from the studio floor by burly security staff and one of the VIPs was alleged to have swung a punch at the presenter as he left the building. In a further astonishing development, it is believed that senior staff at the station tried to persuade Connolly Larkin to sign himself in to an exclusive psychiatry clinic, at which point more punches were allegedly thrown and Connolly Larkin is believed to have escaped in the ensuing melee. The ex presenter is now at large and Gardaí have warned people not to approach this previously very popular star of television and radio.

“This man needs help as he has obviously lost the plot. People should not approach him, or encourage him in any way, but should notify Gardaí in the event of a reappearance of either the man himself, or even his mad ideas about wealth distribution.”

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Date posted: 09 Jun '07 - 11:57
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