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Veteran newsreader Peter Hitchener, 75, recalls having a crippling migraine on-air

Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener, 75, recalls having a crippling migraine with ‘jagged vision’ and stumbling over his words during a live bulletin

Veteran newsreader Peter Hitchener sparked concern after he stumbled over his words during Channel Nine’s 6pm Melbourne news on March 29, due to a migraine.

Speaking to 9news.com.au on Sunday, Peter recalled the frightening moment when he failed to make it to the commercial break and was taken to hospital.

‘It was so scary, I realised what was happening when it started to happen,’ he said.

Anguish: Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener, 75, recalled having a crippling migraine with ‘jagged vision’ and stumbling over his words during Channel Nine’s 6pm Melbourne news on March 29, due to a migraine (pictured) 

Halfway through the bulletin, sports newsreader Clint Stanaway replaced him. 

‘I was hoping to get to the commercial break and get someone to take over, but we didn’t quite get there,’ he went on to say.   

Peter said he had a headache about half an hour before the live bulletin and assumed he would be fine. 

It wasn’t until he experienced ‘jagged kaleidoscope vision’ and stumbled over his words that he was quickly replaced by Clint and taken to the hospital.

Frightening ordeal: 'It was so scary, I realised what was happening when it started to happen. I was hoping to get to the commercial break and get someone to take over, but we didn't quite get there,' he told 9news.com.au on Sunday

Frightening ordeal: ‘It was so scary, I realised what was happening when it started to happen. I was hoping to get to the commercial break and get someone to take over, but we didn’t quite get there,’ he told 9news.com.au on Sunday 

Peter revealed that he doesn’t experience any pain from the migraines and has been seeing a neurologist.

He ensures he stays hydrated and when he feels a migraine coming on, heads to a darkened room for around 15 minutes. 

Shortly after the footage aired in March, Nine – who Peter has been reading the news for since 1998 – issued a statement to confirm that he was suffering from a migraine.

Strategies: Peter revealed that he doesn't experience any pain from the migraines and has been seeing a neurologist. He ensures he stays hydrated and when he feels a migraine coming on, heads to a darkened room for around 15 minutes. Pictured in 2017

Strategies: Peter revealed that he doesn’t experience any pain from the migraines and has been seeing a neurologist. He ensures he stays hydrated and when he feels a migraine coming on, heads to a darkened room for around 15 minutes. Pictured in 2017

What is a migraine? 

* Headaches that can last from 4-72 hours with sufferers often experiencing nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound

* Warning symptoms can include visual disturbances such as flashing lights, or changes in smell or perception

* It is a very common condition with almost two million migraine sufferers in Australia 

Source: Migraine & Headache Australia  

‘He is now resting and we expect to see him back on deck tomorrow night. He is grateful for everyone’s concern,’ Nine’s Twitter account said at the time. 

Nine tweeted that the news legend was feeling OK before the end of the broadcast, with Peter himself tweeting just after its conclusion at 7pm that he was fine.

‘Thanks so much for your well wishes… I am feeling better already. I am most grateful for your support,’ he said. 

Veteran: Peter has been a mainstay as the face of Nine News Melbourne since 1998

Veteran: Peter has been a mainstay as the face of Nine News Melbourne since 1998

'Better already': Nine tweeted that the news legend was feeling OK before the end of the broadcast on March 29, with Peter himself tweeting just after its conclusion at 7pm that he was fine

‘Better already’: Nine tweeted that the news legend was feeling OK before the end of the broadcast on March 29, with Peter himself tweeting just after its conclusion at 7pm that he was fine

There was immediate concern for Peter’s health, with Australian wheelchair star Dylan Alcott one of the first to comment. 

‘@9NewsMelb can someone please replace Peter Hitchener for the rest of the night and make sure the king is ok? Worried about him!!!’ the sportsman tweeted.

‘Fingers crossed he is feeling a bit better. I know all his viewers would be very concerned,’ another Twitter user said.

Other observers said Peter looked to have been struggling throughout the broadcast and were relieved to see him taken off and hear that he was fine.

Concern: There was immediate concern for Peter's health, with Australian wheelchair star Dylan Alcott one of the first to comment on Twitter

Concern: There was immediate concern for Peter’s health, with Australian wheelchair star Dylan Alcott one of the first to comment on Twitter 

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