The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel has taken a lot of ribbing about what he was doing live on network TV this weekend. But he didn’t do what online news sites and YouTubers suggest he did.
Seidel was reporting from Sugar Mountain, North Carolina Saturday where an early season storm dropped 10 inches of snow. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt introduced Seidel while the meteorologist’s back was turned to the camera. Seidel was hunched over fiddling with something. To an awful lot of people who saw Holt dump out of the live shot, it appeared Seidel was zipping up his pants, having answered nature’s call.
The NY Daily news headline taunted, “NBC meteorologist Mike Seidel appears to relieve himself during broadcast.”
But that is not what happened at all, said Shirley Powell, the Weather Channel’s spokesperson. Seidel, she said, was using his cell phone as an IFB (that is short for interruptible feedback) which is how reporters in the field get their cues from the control room. Read more