She said, “I thought I was Covid compliant. It was not me. I made a mistake.
“I was an idiot and let me and my audience down. I am sorry for what I did and for every grief I caused to my loyal friends back then.
“I’ve been sanctioned appropriately.”
She added, “I paid for my mistake; already right. My viewers told me how frustrated they were with me and they were right about that.
“Over time, the mood music changed and my audience wanted me back.”
Burley celebrated her birthday in December with an illegal gathering in London while the capital was under Tier 2 restrictions.
The presenter, who has been with Sky News since its inception in 1989, apologized at the time and tweeted: “It doesn’t matter that I thought I was Covid compliant at a recent social event. The fact is, I was wrong, I made a big mistake and I’m sorry. “
Political editor Beth Rigby and North England correspondent Inzamam Rashid were also taken off the air for three months after their colleague’s 60th birthday party.
After an internal review in December, Sky News found that “a small number of employees were attending a social event in London” that violated Covid-19 guidelines.
It said: “All those involved regret the incident and have apologized. Everyone at Sky News is expected to abide by the rules, and the company takes such violations very seriously indeed. “
Burley returned to her breakfast spot on Sky News earlier this month.