News Breakfast host Michael Rowland sent a blunt message to social media users which criticised weatherman Nate Byrne for appearing in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Byrne appeared with colleagues on an ABC float, funded by donations, alongside Managing Director David Anderson and cheered on by Chair Ita Buttrose.
“Nate was the subject of some disgusting, some disgraceful, homophobic comments which we think are just appalling here on News Breakfast. We are so proud of not just Nate but all of our colleagues, Fran Kelly, Patricia Karvelas, Annabelle Crabb -everybody who took part…. not just on the ABC float, but (those) who turned up to support the ABC. It’s a great initiative and those people who sent those messages can go back under their rocks, this morning.”