Kay Burley doesnt know if Sky News colleagues dobbed her in over Covid breach
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Kay Burley issued an apology after she broke London’s Tier 2 Covid rules last year. The Sky News presenter was hit with a six-month suspension from the channel, after she was caught hosting a birthday party with a “small number” of her colleagues.
The 60-year-old has spoken out about rumours that her colleagues had dobbed her in over the Covid breach.
Speaking in a new interview, the anchor confessed she was not too “keen” to discuss the situation.
Kay had chosen to celebrate her birthday in a Covid-compliant Soho restaurant in a group of ten, but on two tables.
The incident resulted in two of her guests, Sky News’ political editor Beth Rigby and reporter Inzamam Rashid, being suspended for three months.
It was also claimed that guests were invited back to her home for a party which she adamantly denied.
Addressing rumours that the breach was tipped off to the press, Kay said she knew nothing about the accusation.
“I don’t know anything about it. Don’t know,” Kay told The Times.
“I just know that we found ourselves in a position that we didn’t want to be in.”
Kay added that she was “embarrassed” by the incident and wanted to “move on” from it.
The broadcaster was suspended on full pay at the time of the Covid breach.
She added to the same publication that she was regretful for “dragging” her colleagues into the situation.
Kay said: “I apologised publicly. I was suitably sanctioned and we move on.”
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An internal review found that “a small number of Sky News staff attended a social event in London” where Covid-19 guidelines were breached.
It said: “All those involved regret the incident and have apologised.
“Everyone at Sky News is expected to comply with the rules and the company takes breaches like this very seriously indeed.”
London was under Tier 2 regulations at that time – meaning it was forbidden to meet or mix with anyone you do not live with in an indoor setting – as this was against the rules.
It applied to both homes, restaurants and places of worship.
In June, Kay resumed her position on Sky and took to Twitter to share the news.
She posted a photo of herself raising her arms while lying back on a couch to announce the news.
“See you on Monday,” she said. “Hope you’re as happy as I am to be back.”
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