Women can be seen on state television without wearing a hijab, but no female newscasters have ever been seen without one. Saleh Al Mughailif, a spokesman for Saudi radio and television, said the reporter was in the channel's London studio at the time of the broadcast.
"She was not in a studio inside Saudi Arabia and we do not tolerate any transgression of our values and the country's systems," said Mughailif. He added that the studio will take all the steps necessary to make sure the transgression does not reoccur after receiving backlash from viewers.
Saudi Arabia remains a very conservative country, despite some reforms. Dress codes are strictly enforced by mutawa, or religious police.
Despite the outcries of some, many social media users said they thought a female anchor without a headscarf was a step in the right direction for women's rights in Saudi Arabia.