Last night Ms O’Keeffe accepted that the shifts in January had not gone as well as expected.
She said: ‘I worked for 5Live for a couple of weeks as a freelance and read the sports bulletin on two occasions. I did training shifts but I don’t think I was what they wanted.
‘Nobody complained but I think they felt I just wasn’t ready for it. These things happen when you are a freelance.’
The English Literature graduate has also worked for BBC London, Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera.
The paper claimed
Colleagues said she struggled to read from carefully prepared scripts
But also said:
She appears proud of her time at 5Live and has placed one of her bulletins online
So someone tries out for a job and it doesn't quite work out. It might have been because it was the BBC, or because O'Keeffe is - in Chris Hastings' words - 'young' and 'glamorous', but it was not quite clear why the paper thought this so newsworthy.
Ms O’Keeffe – whose CV includes skills as a model, lists her chest and waist measurements as 32in and 23in and even specifies that she is willing to perform nude – lasted only two shifts at radio station 5Live....
Her online CV, which features pictures of herself, has been circulated among staff after some of them downloaded it.
On Sunday, there was an apology:
On April 1 we said, incorrectly, that the freelance reporter and presenter Stephanie O’Keeffe struggled to read her scripts when working at BBC Radio 5 Live.
We now accept that this was not the case.
Our report could also have been taken to suggest that Ms O’Keeffe obtained her BBC work by submitting a CV that contained her vital statistics and expressed a willingness to work nude.
That was not our intention and we are sorry for any misunderstanding or embarrassment these errors may have caused.