Weather reporter forced to cover up mid-broadcast due to complaints

A female weather reporter was forced to cover up her "revealing" party dress live on air following a number of viewer complaints.

Meteorologist Liberté Chan was dressed in a beaded black frock, which was cut just above the knee and had spaghetti straps, while carrying out a broadcast on Californian station KTLA Channel 5.

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However, halfway through the early-morning transmission she was interrupted by a member of the production crew who was brandishing a baggy grey cardigan at her.

Puzzled, Chan walked across the studio, grabbed the knit and asked: "Why? Because it's cold? I look like a librarian now."

An anonymous male from behind the scenes at the station then explained: "We've been getting a lot of emails."

Viewers wrote in with complaints such as: "Looks like she stayed out late at a party and came to work in the same dress", and "Not appropriate for the morning weather report".

Liberté Chan wearing the sweater. Photo / Supplied
Liberté Chan wearing the sweater. Photo / Supplied

Despite being unimpressed by the embarrassing situation, Chan remained professional.
But the rude scene didn't go unnoticed by some viewers of the Los Angeles-based program.

One commented on Facebook: "It's beyond unprofessional that they would interrupt you as you do your job and speak to you in such a patronising way because they immediately and unquestioningly prioritise the complaints of sexist viewers over their trust of your (and your producers') judgement. Ludicrous."

Another female reporter tweeted her support, saying: "The double standard in our industry is sad. #wearwhatyouwant".

Before the show, Liberté tweeted her 15,100 followers saying she was excited to wear the glitzy gown: "Even if it's early in the AM, can't beat a black beaded dress."

KTLA has not commented on the incident.

- news.com.au

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