Kay Burley returns to Sky News after six-month suspension for breaking lockdown rules

Kay Burley returns to Sky News after six-month suspension for breaking lockdown rules

June 5, 2021

KAY Burley has returned to Sky News following a six-month suspension from our TVs after breaking the lockdown rules.

The 60-year-old news anchor apologised last December after "inadvertently" breaking restrictions to celebrate her birthday in London.

Kay was unaware of the changes, which saw London placed in tier two, and agreed to step back from her post following the mistake.

Vowing to take six months off the air, Kay wrote in a statement at the time that she was having a "period of reflection" but would return.

At last the day will come for Kay, who told fans in an excited tweet that she would be back on screens from Monday.

Alongside a photo of her raising her arms while sitting on a sofa, she wrote: "See you on Monday. Hope you’re as happy as I am to be back."

Kay has been presenting on Sky News since 2018, and moved from the afternoon news slot to the breakfast show in 2019.

And she wasn't the only Sky employee to be caught out breaking the rules – with correspondents Beth Rigby and Inzamam Rashid, who both came Kay's party, taking three months off each.

Kay expressed her great regret at throwing the party, writing to her fellow employees in an apologetic statement.

"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 said.

In December, she concluded: "I very much look forward to being able to continue my 32-year career with Sky when I return."

Since then, Kay has worked hands-on with The Sun's Jabs Army campaign – keeping control of the car park at the Tithe Farm Social Club in Harrow, North London.

Kay spent two days a week volunteering there, admitting the work is something she finds “very ­reassuring” herself.

"I often do the late shift marshalling the car park. I’m very used to being out in the cold for hours on end thanks to being a reporter, and I’ve been really enjoying it," she told The Sun.

“I was asked by my doctor if I wanted to come along to help. So here I am. It’s such a slick operation.

“Often when people arrive they are quite nervous, and it’s my job to help them feel at ease.”

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