KAY Burley has spoken out to defend recent criticism over her line of questioning following the ride crash at Alton Towers.
The Sky News broadcaster who grew up in Beech Hill said she was merely acting on her own feelings as a mum and was motivated by concern for the victims and families.
I’m a mum and I thought if my child had gone out for a day out to celebrate after his exams had finished, and he came out in an ambulance, I would want some answersKay Burley
Nearly 60,000 people called for her to be sacked, as she was branded “disgusting”, “bullying” and “aggressive” by viewers after she quizzed the theme park’s CEO Nick Varney over the rollercoaster crash which left 16 people injured. Two women - 17-year-old Leah Washington and 20-year-old Vicky Balch - had to have a leg amputated.
Media watchdog Ofcom received nearly 2,000 complaints after she repeatedly interrupted and challenged her interviewee on whether someone had lost a leg when the Smiler ride malfunctioned.
She told him she was “sure the families of the injured are not interested in your sympathy at this stage” after he apologised for the accident and pressed him for details.
After being cleared by Ofcom, she said her approach was “perfectly acceptable” and motivated by her feelings as a mother.
Speaking to The Female Lead, a not-for-profit group that aims to promote women’s voices, the mother-of-one said: “I’m a mum, and I thought if my child had gone out for a day out to celebrate after his exams had finished, and he came out in an ambulance, I would want some answers.
“I thought he did a brilliant job, the chief exec, at answering the questions.
“I thought he tiptoed through the raindrops, I thought he kept very calm.”
Her tough attitude angered Twitter users and led to the petition.
Kay added: “Two days later, the Twitterstorm got a full head of steam: its head exploded.
“It’s like walking a tightrope, my job, so every day you’re never sure whether you’re going to fall off that tightrope.
“I thought it was perfectly acceptable, I hope that the parents of those kids, if they were watching, thought that I asked the questions that they would want the answers to.”