A US news anchor unknowingly introduced her own marriage proposal while she thought she was recording a TV promo.
Tennessee-based presenter Cornelia Nicholson thought she was recording a news segment for the weekend show on Local 3 News, when she realised she was introducing boyfriend Riley Nagel for a “very special report”.
Nicholson looked shocked as Nagel, who is also a reporter at the station, walked out holding a bouquet of flowers and a ring box.
He said he thought “it would be fitting to ask you this question here since we met in news”, before getting down on one knee and asking: “Cornelia Nicholson will you marry me?”
Fighting back tears, Nicholson replied: “I’m going to cry, yes!”
Nagel told viewers how the pair met while working in news almost four years ago, describing how he was “very drawn” to his now-fiancée.
He said: “You have such an amazing personality and you’re so bright. You always light up the room when you come in and make everyone laugh. You’re incredibly talented, especially in news – I think anyone that watches you knows that.”
“You’re pretty much the main reason I’m still in news today and you’re always pushing me to be better,” he added.
The couple shared a kiss and hug after getting engaged.
Nicholson later posted on the social media site X, formerly Twitter, to share a video of her proposal, saying it was “the most perfect day”.
She wrote: “Thank you to all my friends/coworkers who helped hide this from me and make it happen!”
Asked by one X user how producers managed to keep the proposal a surprise, Nicholson said the script was hidden in an earlier rundown and switched over just before she was due to read it.