By Katie Davies

It was supposed to be a day celebrating  female achievement and marking the ongoing struggle for equality but for one  broadcaster Connecticut’s Women’s Day meant something else: A chance to film  breasts.

Fox Connecticut was forced to apologize today  after B-roll footage broadcast to preview its coverage of an annual Women’s Day  event in Hartford was simply a composite of lingering shots of women’s breasts  as they passed on the street.

The footage was played twice this morning as  an introduction to the occasion to the horror of several viewers.

Women's Day: Fox Connecticut has come under fire for the B-Roll footage of secretly filmed breasts which introduced coverage of Women's Day events Women’s Day: Fox Connecticut has come under fire for the  B-roll footage of secretly filmed breasts which introduced coverage of Women’s  Day events
Unaware: The women whose faces are not shown appear to be unaware their breasts are being recorded. Fox CT said it was a mistake the footage was ever broadcastUnaware: The women whose faces are not shown appear to  be unaware their breasts are being recorded. Fox CT said it was a mistake the  footage was ever broadcast

The annual event at the Connecticut State  Capitol involved a series of speeches by visiting dignitaries timed to coincide  with the global celebration of female achievement – International Women’s Day –  on March 8.

Viewers rushed to criticize the channel after  female anchor Erika Arias first introduced the film this morning despite obvious  hesitation in her voice over the accompanying footage.

The clip then went out a second time to  preview the day’s events this time with Arias as co-host with a male  anchor.

The presenters continued to talk about the  segment despite the footage which keeps cutting to passing women’s breasts.

Uncomfortable: Anchor Erika Arias twice spoke over the footage this morning. She sounded hesitant and looked uncomfortable when the cameras cut back to the studioUncomfortable: Anchor Erika Arias twice spoke over the  footage this morning. She sounded hesitant and looked uncomfortable when the  cameras cut back to the studio.

They tell viewers how two high school  students will be given the Young Women’s Leadership Program Prize for their  essays on women’s issues as the sexist footage plays in the  background.

This afternoon the Fox affiliate took to  Twitter to say the broadcast was down to a mistake in file  footage.

‘Fox CT apologizes for today’s file footage  error. We will continue to recognize great contributions of women in CT and  around the world,’ it said

However, it didn’t placate viewers who  doubted it was an innocent mistake.

Brian Cashion wrote: ‘An ‘error’ happens by  accident. That footage did not cut itself into your segment accidentally’.

Gaia Barbara McDermott wrote: ‘How long for  an apology? I tweeted you at 7.30am. You don’t apologize until around 3pm. P.s.  You ran the video two times.’

Others questioned why Fox CT would even have  such a video.

Giulia Gouge asked: ‘Why would you even have  that file footage?’

Others have begun distributing the  broadcaster’s telephone number urging people to call and make their complaints  in person.

Questions remain over the channel’s use of  the footage of women who seem unaware their breasts are coming under the  scrutiny of a nearby camera crew.

The footage is of women on a busy street and  cuts out their faces.

One of the winning essays by senior, Kristen  Hinz, from New Milford  High School honored in Connecticut  today, somewhat ironically takes the objectification of women as its subject.

‘I am left defenseless, victimized by the  society that shuns and silences,’ she writes.

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