Sky News presenter, Kay Burley, accused of being 'insensitive bordering on cruel' in interview with April Jones volunteers
The Sky News presenter, Kay Burley, has been accused of being 'insensitive bordering on cruel' by users of the microblogging site Twitter yesterday, after she broke news of April Jones' alleged murder to two volunteers in Machynlleth.
Burley, who has been presenting from the Welsh village since April Jones was reported missing, approached two people who were helping with the search during a live interview.
The news that Mark Bridger had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of the five-year-old girl was announced to the media at a press conference just after 10.30am.
Burley approached two volunteers in the street as the news broke and asked them what their reaction was. When they told her they had not heard the latest news she told them.
Burley said: "They [the police] don't expect to find her alive. I'm sorry to have to tell you in circumstances like this...would you like to say anything?"
The female volunteer reacted to the news by gasping, putting her hand over her mouth and crying.
The interview prompted an immediate Twitter storm with Tom Watson, Deputy Chair of the Labour Party amongst those furious at the interview.
Watson wrote: "Kay Burley: Insensitive bordering on cruel. Is breaking news so important that you have to forget your humanity?"
While Kath Coyle added: "I don't think Kay Burley has a heart. She has a swinging brick. No compassion or humanity whatsoever."
Journalist and commentator George Monbiot wrote: "The worst kind of television news reporting: cruel & pointless."
Other people used their accounts to call on users to complain to Sky News about the interview.
Kay Burley is no stranger to controversy - she faced an online campaign to get her sacked following an 'aggressive' interview with a political campaigner in 2010.
She also drew fire from viewers after making singer Peter Andre cry after questioning him about his ex-wife's new marriage and his children.