Veteran Channel 9 Melbourne newsreader Peter Hitchener had to rely on his fellow presenter, when he broke out in a coughing fit live on air.

Although Peter tried to compose himself and keep reading, his throat tickle quickly escalated into a full-blown coughing fit.

Thankfully, weather presenter Livinia Nixon, who has been reading alongside Peter for about 15 years, quickly stepped in and took over.

Image & video source: Channel 9

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