ITV News Anchor Receiving Medical Care After Becoming Unwell Live On Air

UK news presenter Rageh Omaar is receiving medical care after becoming unwell live on air, ITV News has said.

Viewers took to social media Friday evening to express their concern after Omaar was seen struggling to read the autocue towards the end of News at Ten bulletin. He managed to sign off with a short farewell, and then sat at the studio desk while the credits rolled.

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ITV pulled the show from its scheduled re-run on its one-hour-delay channel, and stated Saturday morning:

“We are aware that viewers are concerned about Rageh Omaar’s wellbeing, Rageh became unwell while presenting News at Ten on Friday and is now receiving medical care. He thanks everyone for their well wishes.”

Omaar, who is 56, is a regular anchor for the flagship news program, is also the broadcaster’s international affairs editor and presents the current affairs show On Assignment from around the world.

He previously worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, where he became a familiar face on British screens during the second Gulf war in 2003. His live reports from rooftops while missiles flew overhead earned him the nickname “the Scud stud.”

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