News presenter shocked when she realises she's still on air

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Sky News political reporter Samantha Maiden celebrated the human error, telling her Twitter followers: "that's @NatashaExelby and she's awesome".

But the ABC director of news, Gaven Morris, denied that she was being punished and said reports she had been fired or banned were untrue.

He said he had assured Exelby that he wanted her to continue working the shifts she had been scheduled for, but said she would not appear on air.

Australian journalists have taken to social media to share their most embarrassing blunders to show solidarity with ABC news presenter Natasha Exelby.

"Thank U all for ur generous support. Myself and my mesmerising pen honourably salute you". Several years ago, she giggled repeatedly while reading serious news items about deaths and disasters for Channel Ten.

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Curiously, the statement also said Exelby's future on-air roles would be "subject to performance management".

Exelby then transitioned into sports coverage after getting caught not paying attention. The segment ended but it took a few moments before Exelby, a freelance journalist, realized the camera was back on her.

During Today Extra's panel discussion, Gardner pointed out a detail everyone else has missed - that there should have been floor staff on hand to help Exelby.

But do I think Exelby should lose her presenting job over this? No. A Facebook user commented saying, "I watched that live was the funniest thing I have ever seen!" A video uploaded to Youtube in June 2013 shows her giggling flirtatiously with a studio guest as she tries to report on deadly Brazilian slum violence.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was among the other vocal opposers to the decision to bone Exelby, tweeting his disbelief.

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