This news anchor was caught daydreaming, video goes viral

Posted April 11, 2017

In the video, Natasha is waiting for a prerecorded segment to finish but forgot that she was back on camera.

The Australian newsreader caught napping - or more accurately: staring at her pen - has reportedly been banned from further live appearances.

An ABC spokeswoman would not deny Exelby had been given the boot.

The ABC appears to have had a sudden change of heart regarding the apparent sacking of newsreader Natasha Exelby.

"Thank you all for your generous support", Ms Exelby wrote.

On Monday, News Corp reported Exelby has been banned from future on-air roles on News 24 - which was recently rebranded to "ABC news on television" - following the incident. Not my finest hour. "So whether there's any follow-up there, I reckon you'll find she'll be reinstated", she added.

Clearly shocked and taken by surprise, she lets out a loud gasp, eyes wide open and throws down the pen.

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Shaken by the lapse in concentration, she quickly recovered to handball the next story over to the sports desk, complete with a wry smile.

"Now to sport with Meredith Sheehan", she said, throwing to the next television package.

However, the reports of Exelby being censured were met with a backlash. Her job was to present the news; why was she not concentrating on the content?

Frankly, I'm just impressed that there were no eruptions of profanity.

Sources said Exelby had been offered more training and may be given on-air shifts again at a later stage.

"If I was able to make people laugh (even if it was at my expense) then I don't think that's a bad thing".