Natasha Exelby to read news on KIIS 1065

Katie RamirezApr 12, 2017

Exelby was caught playing with a pen when the camera cut back to her at her desk during Saturday's evening bulletin.

It's since been reported that Exelby won't be fired but she will be off-air as punishment.

ABC's Director of News Gaven Morris released a statement today saying that Exelby would "be subject to normal performance management", the Australian reports.

"She has been rostered for various shifts and has been assured since yesterday that we want that to continue", he said.

Other journalists rallied to her defence after the most recent incident - many of them sharing embarrassing moments from their own careers on Twitter.

"Thank you for all your generous support", wrote Exelby on Twitter. "Myself and my mesmerizing pen honorably salute you!"

He added that she had not been punished for the mistake, but he had "conveyed our regret that this has attracted such attention". Once Exelby realized she was back on the air, she let out a startled gasp, but quickly composed herself and continued with the broadcast.

Sources told The Guardian that Exelby had been offered more training and may be given on-air shifts again at a later stage. And why didn't the floor staff notice that she was away with the fairies? "But I also have to take some responsibility here", she said.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has said it's "ridiculous" for the ABC to punish the newsreader over the on-air stuff-up.

But do I think Exelby should lose her presenting job over this? No.

But if BBC Dad taught us anything, it turns out live TV is a minefield.

She's been offered a temporary gig reading the breakfast news on Sydney station Kiis FM from next week and has been promised further on-air news reading shifts at ABC news.

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