A proclamation read: “I have today agreed with Sky News to step back from my broadcasting role for a period of reflection. It’s clear to me that we are all in the scuffle against Covid-19 and that we all have a duty to stick firmly by the rules.
“It doesn’t matter that I thought I was Covid-compliant on a recent social outcome. The fact is I was wrong, I made a big mistake, and I am sorry.
“Some dear friends and colleagues – some of the most talented and committed professionals in our business – demand been pulled into this episode and I regret this enormously. I was one of the founding presenters on Sky News. No one is prouder of our channel’s reputation, the professionals on our combine and the impact we make.
“I very much look forward to being able to continue my 32-year career with Sky when I return.”
Sky’s political leader-writer Beth Rigby and reporter Inzamam Rashid were also suspended for three months.
Breakfast airs on Sky News on weekdays at 7am.