An ABC reporter has appeared to break down live on air while discussing the 'heartbreaking' 600 job cuts hitting Australia's biggest meatworks.
Michael Rennie was reporting from Ipswich, Queensland, at 9am on Thursday when his broadcast was interrupted, with the journalist struggling to speak and dropping his head in his hands.
The job cuts at JBS Dinmore, which is the largest meat factor in the southern hemisphere, comes after the company failed to convince Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to make a JobKeeper exemption.
Rennie struggled to finish his sentence during his live cross and the broadcast was forced to return to the newsroom.
ABC host Joe O'Brien said: 'OK. We'll leave it there for the moment. Michael Rennie reporting there from Ipswich.
'We'll just make sure Michael is OK there. Um, so we'll get the cameraman to check on Michael and we'll get our bosses there right away to make sure he's OK.'
Michael Rennie was reporting live from JBS Dinmore in Ipswich, Queensland, at about 9.10 on Thursday morning when the incident occurred (pictured)
Moments before the vision returned to the newsroom, a sombre Rennie angled his head down and covered his face with his hand.
The confronting moment quickly circulated on Twitter, with ABC viewers posting comments of support to Rennie.
'Hope you are OK there Michael! Love your work,' one person wrote.
'Take care of yourself Michael. You're doing a tough job. I admire you,' another said.
Viewers also debated whether the TV reporter suffered a medical episode or if the news story had made him emotional.
'He started talking a bit strangely, like he'd lost his place, then when they crossed back to check he didn't seem able to talk,' one person said.
'I think he might have become emotional, which is totally understandable, but I hope it wasn't a medical issue.'
ABC host Joe O'Brien (pictured) looked concerned and said: 'OK. We'll leave it there for the moment. Michael Rennie reporting there from Ipswich'
Moments before the vision returned to the newsroom, a sombre Rennie (pictured) angled his head down and covered his face with his hand
Another said: 'QLD reporter on TV just now - is he having a heart attack on live TV? Better check on him immediately.'
A third added: 'What was up with that ABC News reporter? Was he crying?'
O'Brien referenced the 'really concerning' incident moments later to reassure viewers.
'Now, just before we move on, that was really concerning seeing our reporter Michael Rennie there having some issues when he was doing that report,' he said.
'I want to assure our viewers that we're chasing that up right away and getting on top of that and making sure that Michael gets the support he needs at this moment.'
Rennie was live in Ipswich as 600 jobs are cut from the largest beef processing plant in Australia (pictured, a tweet sent before the on-air incident)
Rennie addressed the confronting vision just before 11am and thanked viewers for their support. 'Thanks for all the concern about what happened on ABC news channel this morning,' he said on Twitter
In a later update, O'Brien confirmed his colleague was 'OK' following a catch-up catch.
'Now, I just want to assure our viewers that our reporter Michael Rennie is OK.
'We were having a chat to him in the last five or ten minutes or so and he wasn't able to continue. Yeah, we were a bit concerned about him, but he is OK.'
Rennie addressed the confronting vision just