It seems to me that the TV reporter or newscaster was speaking in "newspaper-headline " speech.
You will have noticed that the grammar in headlines is rarely correct. That's because they're trying for maximum awareness in minimum space.
"News at Ten" on the TV in the UK uses this type of speech when it starts.
We hear the chimes of Big Ben tolling the hour and we get.......
" Prime Minister Brown angry over expenses scandal!"
"Seven killed in train crash!"
"Cenotaph graffiti an insult to war dead!"
and so on.
buggles (not a teacher)
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