Channel Nine newsreader's admission over small detail on live broadcast

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Veteran Nine newsreader Peter Overton made a startling admission about his appearance while delivering the Sunday night news bulletin.

Overton revealed he had burst a blood vessel in his eye but assured readers he was okay.

"Well, you might have noticed my right eye isn't looking its best tonight, all is okay," he said.

"I have a burst blood vessel and it looks worse than it actually is. Indeed, it's getting better by the day."

Ahead of the 6pm bulletin, Nine News gave viewers the heads up that his right eye was not "looking its normal self tonight".

Newsreader Peter Overton revealed a burst blood vessel was behind his slightly altered appearance. Source: 9News
Newsreader Peter Overton revealed a burst blood vessel was behind his slightly altered appearance. Source: 9News

The tweet from Nine News Sydney came just moments after Overton himself let people know on Twitter, where people wished him a speedy recovery.

"Glad you’re ok," one person said.

"The ultimate professional," another person said.

Mr Overton has been at the helm of Nine's 6pm Sydney bulletin since 2009.

There are many reasons why a blood vessel can burst, though while it may look "alarming", it's usually "harmless" and it disappears within a few weeks, the Mayo Clinic says.

"A subconjunctival hemorrhage often occurs without any obvious harm to your eye," the Mayo Clinic says.

"Even a strong sneeze or cough can cause a blood vessel to break in the eye. You don't need to treat it."

In 2020 it was revealed Mr Overton underwent emergency surgery to have a melanoma removed.

“I have fair skin & am vigilant re my skin checks every few months,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.

“My wonderful dermatologist spotted something unusual on my right temple-melanoma. Surgery yesterday to remove it. I am a lucky fella.”

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