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UK's Sky News broadcaster Kay Burley taken off air for COVID rule breach

Thu 10th December, 2020 5:02pm
LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Britain's Sky News said its
breakfast show anchor Kay Burley would be taken off air for six
months after she broke COVID-19 guidelines when she celebrated
her 60th birthday with friends and colleagues in London on
Saturday evening.
    Burley, a founder presenter on the 24-hour news channel set
up by Rupert Murdoch nearly 32 years ago who says she has done
"more live TV than anyone else", said she had agreed to step
back "for a period of reflection".
    The channel's political editor Beth Rigby and correspondent
Inzamam Rashid, who both attended the event, had agreed to be
off air for three months, the broadcaster said on Thursday.
    "All those involved regret the incident and have
apologised," Sky News said. "Everyone at Sky News is expected to
comply with the rules and the company takes breaches like this
very seriously indeed."
    Burley said she had gone to a COVID-compliant restaurant on
Saturday for her birthday and had later visited a second
restaurant to use the toilet. Newspaper reports said some of her
guests had returned to her house in breach of strict rules.
    "It doesn't matter that I thought I was COVID-compliant on a
recent social event," she said in a statement. "The fact is I
was wrong, I made a big mistake, and I am sorry.
    "Some dear friends and colleagues - some of the most
talented and committed professionals in our business - have been
pulled into this episode and I regret this enormously," she
    She said she looked forward to returning to the channel
which is now owned by U.S. media company Comcast.

 (Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Michael Holden)
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