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Media Watch host Paul Barry to return to TV after accident left him with broken pelvis and hand

Media Watch host Paul Barry is set to return to TV after horrific accident left him with a broken pelvis and hand


Paul Barry is set to return to the ABC’s Media Watch after breaking his hand and pelvis in a recent car accident.

The 69-year-old veteran TV host was struck by a car while riding his bike to work earlier this month.

Paul’s fill-in host, journalist Janine Perret, confirmed he would be returning to the show next week.

Back in action: Paul Barry is set to return to the ABC’s Media Watch after breaking his hand and pelvis in a recent car accident 

‘While I’ve had a ball, I have to say it’s not the way one wants to do it,’ she told TV Tonight on Thursday.  

‘A holiday [for Paul] would have been a much nicer way to do it. But I’m very glad he’s feeling better so quickly, because those photos of him in hospital looked pretty sad! But it’s good he’s back,’ she added.

Paul gave fans an update on his condition earlier this month on Twitter, writing: ‘To all those who are asking… I’m back home and on the mend. Hobbling around on crutches but getting better every day.’ 

Recovery update: Paul gave fans an update on his condition earlier this month on Twitter, writing: 'To all those who are asking… I'm back home and on the mend. Hobbling around on crutches but getting better every day'

Recovery update: Paul gave fans an update on his condition earlier this month on Twitter, writing: ‘To all those who are asking… I’m back home and on the mend. Hobbling around on crutches but getting better every day’

‘I hope to be back on @ABCMediaWatch on Monday 30th. Thanks for all the good wishes,’ he added.    

Paul initially said he wasn’t sure when he’d be fit for work again after his horrific accident. 

‘Broken hand and pelvis after a thoughtless driver backed into the road without looking and cleaned me up on my bike as I rode to work,’ he wrote on Twitter.  

All bandaged up: Paul shared a photo of himself wearing a face mask and hospital gown as he held up his bandaged hand

All bandaged up: Paul shared a photo of himself wearing a face mask and hospital gown as he held up his bandaged hand

'Broken hand and pelvis after a thoughtless driver backed into the road without looking and cleaned me up on my bike as I rode to work,' he wrote on Twitter

‘Broken hand and pelvis after a thoughtless driver backed into the road without looking and cleaned me up on my bike as I rode to work,’ he wrote on Twitter 

He also shared a photo of himself wearing a face mask and hospital gown as he held up his bandaged hand.  

In a follow-up tweet, Paul thanked his numerous well-wishers on social media.

‘Wow. Thanks for all the good wishes. I’m lucky. It could have been so much worse. Brain appears to be intact. And probably no long term damage,’ he wrote. 

TV veteran: Paul's fill-in host, journalist Janine Perret, confirmed he would be returning to the show next week

TV veteran: Paul’s fill-in host, journalist Janine Perret, confirmed he would be returning to the show next week

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