A normally staid Swedish newscaster found herself overcome with the giggles on live television following a segment featuring Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary impersonating a ghost. The incident took place on the Thursday evening edition of Aktuellt, the flagship primetime news programme of public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT).
After delivering a no-nonsense introduction to a segment on O'Leary's denial of allegations that the budget airline had poor working conditions, anchor Nike Nylander was unable to keep a straight face when the camera returned to her.
The taped segment had shown the Ryanair CEO invoking the gestures and speech of a ghost in his attempt to illustrate that the complaints of poor labour conditions at the airline amounted to nothing but a fabrication. "False, false, and misleading information, provided by people sitting in darkened rooms... ooohh," O'Leary said, waving his hands in the air. "Anonymous pilots...oooohhhh... cause we're so terrified oooohhhh."
As Nylander began to read her script following the clip, she was overcome with laughter. "It was just totally absurd, it was so surprising that I just couldn't believe it," Nylander said. "It was the way Mr O'Leary impersonated a ghost doing the whole 'oooohhh' thing... The fact that CEO of big corporation does that when talking about working conditions of his employees just made me laugh."