The broadcaster, who was head of youth and entertainment features, admitted it sounded like something out of the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, but said it worked out “fine”.
She said: “Years ago someone who was a key member of my team was pregnant and wanted to return to work quickly because she liked her job. I let her bring – probably breaking all the health and safety laws – her baby into the office in a box. We had baby in a box in the corner of the office.
“When they are little and they are tadpole size, they can’t get out. It’s fine, isn’t it?”
Her co-host, Lisa Maxwell, said childcare had been “an issue” while she was working long hours on police drama The Bill.
She said: “All the actresses got together and tried to get a creche. We did everything we could. We offered to put money in but in the end it was too expensive.”