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Edwina Bartholomew, Seb Costello: Seven backs reporter in Twitter saga

Channel Seven is standing by Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew in the aftermath of her ‘errant tweet’ about Nine News reporter Seb Costello. 

Senior management figures are ‘sympathetic’ to Edwina’s situation and ‘will continue to back her 100 per cent’, according to network sources.

Furthermore, contrary to reports that Seven bosses were ‘amused’ by Nine’s threats of legal action, Daily Mail Australia understands the matter is being taken seriously by all parties.

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EXCLUSIVE: Channel Seven is standing by Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) in the aftermath of her ‘errant tweet’ about Nine News reporter Seb Costello

‘Edwina is mortified about what happened and has apologised to Seb personally,’ said a Channel Seven source. 

‘She is a kind-hearted person who made a mistake. She works hard and has been filing stories from a different time zone while also dealing with jet lag that comes with flying to London and heading straight to work.’

It comes after TV Blackbox reported that Channel Nine was unsatisfied with Edwina’s apology after she insulted Seb in her since-deleted Twitter post.

Support: Senior management figures are ‘sympathetic’ to Edwina’s situation and ‘will continue to back her 100 per cent’, according to network sources. Pictured: Seb Costello

A Nine insider told the website that ‘there has been no proper apology as far as we’re concerned’, after Edwina released a statement blaming her ‘errant tweet’ on tiredness while reporting on The Ashes in London.

The saga began on Saturday when Edwina, 36, posted a shocking tweet about Seb, who is the son of Nine Chairman and former Treasurer Peter Costello, before deleting it an hour later. 

The tweet, which cannot be republished for legal reasons, was in response to one of Seb’s Nine News reports and stated: ‘Surprisingly articulate for a [censored].’ 

Apologetic: 'Edwina is mortified about what happened and has apologised to Seb personally,' said a Channel Seven source. Pictured: Edwina announcing her pregnancy on Sunrise in June

Apologetic: ‘Edwina is mortified about what happened and has apologised to Seb personally,’ said a Channel Seven source. Pictured: Edwina announcing her pregnancy on Sunrise in June

Edwina, who fell asleep after uploading the tweet, deleted the post after receiving ‘frantic calls from people at Seven’. 

After the social media post caught the attention of the wider media, Edwina told the Herald Sun: ‘I was half asleep and on the other side of the world. It was clearly a mistake and the errant tweet has been deleted.’

After this public apology, she reportedly called Seb personally and left a voicemail. 

Back and forth: It comes after TV Blackbox reported that Channel Nine was unsatisfied with Edwina's apology after she insulted Seb in a since-deleted Twitter post

Back and forth: It comes after TV Blackbox reported that Channel Nine was unsatisfied with Edwina’s apology after she insulted Seb in a since-deleted Twitter post

‘She rang and left a a voicemail message. [Seb] hasn’t replied to that, not that he’s obligated to do that,’ entertainment journalist Peter Ford said on 6PR on Monday.

Ford added that he had spoken to Edwina, who was ‘panicking’ and ‘distraught’ about the situation.

Also on Monday morning, Seb addressed the Twitter scandal for the first time on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast radio show.

‘It’s not ideal what was said, I spent the weekend with family and it’s not ideal for them either,’ he said, adding that he would be talking with lawyers this week.

Whoops! The saga began on Saturday when Edwina, 36, posted a shocking tweet about Seb, who is the son of Nine Chairman Peter Costello, before deleting it an hour later

Whoops! The saga began on Saturday when Edwina, 36, posted a shocking tweet about Seb, who is the son of Nine Chairman Peter Costello, before deleting it an hour later

It comes after Daily Mail Australia revealed that Edwina’s tweet was actually meant to be a private message to a friend.

She had intended to send her tweet about Seb as a direct message, presumably to a media industry mate, but posted it publicly by mistake.

Channel Nine is now said to be considering legal action on behalf of its reporter and former Europe correspondent.

A network spokesperson told The Australian: ‘Seb and Nine are devastated and shocked at the damaging and false nature of this personal attack on a public platform.’ 

Insulting: Channel Nine is now said to be considering legal action on behalf of its reporter and former Europe correspondent. Pictured: Seb Costello in Melbourne's Triple M studios

Insulting: Channel Nine is now said to be considering legal action on behalf of its reporter and former Europe correspondent. Pictured: Seb Costello in Melbourne’s Triple M studios

On Sunday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Seven was apparently not taking these threats seriously.

A source told the newspaper: ‘There is no way Nine will have this play out in a courtroom. They are bluffing by saying they will take legal action.’

The following afternoon, a Channel Nine insider told Daily Mail Australia that network bosses were ‘most certainly not bluffing’.

‘We don’t consider Edwina’s apology to be particularly sincere and this isn’t a matter anyone should find amusing given the seriousness of what was tweeted,’ they said.

Serious: Meanwhile, contrary to reports that Seven bosses were 'amused' by Nine's threats of legal action, Daily Mail Australia understands the situation is being taken seriously by all parties. Pictured: Seb and Peter Costello

Serious: Meanwhile, contrary to reports that Seven bosses were ‘amused’ by Nine’s threats of legal action, Daily Mail Australia understands the situation is being taken seriously by all parties. Pictured: Seb and Peter Costello

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