ABC Weekend Newsreader Natasha Exelby caused a stir when she was fiddling with her pen and realised she was on air.
ABC reportedly decided to ban her from being on air after the incident, however have since released a statement claiming that this was untrue following public backlash.
“Media reports that Natasha has been ‘banned’, ‘barred’ or ‘fired’ are untrue. Natasha is a freelance journalist who works as a contributor,” a statement by News Director Gaven Morris read.
“She has been rostered for various shifts and has been assured since yesterday that we want that to continue. While she is not currently doing any on-air shifts, this will be subject to normal performance management. I have spoken to Natasha and conveyed our regret that this has attracted such attention.”
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Many media figures came foward in defence of the moment, saying that everyone was human and all journalists have messed up at some point on air.
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Natasha Exelby has responded with good humour on Twitter, thanking everyone for their support and saying it wasn't her 'finest hour'.