• A UK political debate was abruptly taken off-air after the presenter reportedly collapsed on set. 
  • Tory leadership hopeful Liz Truss was answering a question in the debate when a loud crash was heard off-screen. 
  • A source told the BBC that presenter Kate McCann fainted and collapsed during the debate. 

A political debate in the UK was abruptly shut down after the presenter, Kate McCann, reportedly collapsed on the TV set. 

The Sun/Talk TV debate between two Tory leadership hopefuls — Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak — was being aired live on Talk TV.

Truss was answering a question as a part of the debate when a loud crash heard off-screen startled the politician. 

"Oh my God!" she gasped at the noise. She then is seen walking in the direction McCann was standing. The debate stopped broadcasting almost immediately after. 


A spokesperson for News UK, which owns the Sun, told Insider "there has been a medical issue. It's not a security issue and the candidates are okay."

A "well-informed source" told the BBC that the Tory debate was quickly shut down because "presenter Kate McCann is understood to have fainted and collapsed. She was presenting alone, after Harry Cole pulled out with Covid."

Julia Hartley-Brewer, a reporter at Talk TV, tweeted that she has heard that McCann is okay. 


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