It was a very long night for political reporters following the U.S election finale and one of them got caught out.

With the eyes of Melbourne on Channel Nine news, it went a bit weird as Peter Hitchener’s news bulletin had a few technical difficulties.

The major glitch? When he threw to a news package and instead we got an image of Laurie Oakes shoving pizza into his mouth.

Anchor Peter Hitchener joked about the situation with viewers, saying: ‘Thanks for staying with us. Just a few little gremlins here.’


Oakes had been on-air for nearly 12-hours and was sat alongside Today co-host Karl Stefanovic and Trump-supporting Democrat Harlan Hill.

It didn’t take people long to take to social media with one user saying ‘Nicely done Laurie Oakes. Downing pizza like a champ.

The difficulties come just a month after Channel Nine suffered major technical difficulties with its 6PM bulletin in Sydney, which left them watching Melbourne’s news instead.