Channel 4 News Presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy Taken Off Air For Calling Tory MP A 'C***'

The broadcaster was caught swearing at Steve Baker following an interview on Wednesday, which was caught on the channel’s live feed.
Krishan Guru-Murthy
Krishan Guru-Murthy
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Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been taken off air after he was caught calling the Tory MP Steve Baker a “c***” following an interview.

The broadcaster announced that Krishnan would not be on air for a week after he swore at the Northern Ireland minister following an interview on Wednesday, which was picked up on the channel’s live feed.

After the clip went viral, the presenter apologised “unreservedly” to the MP saying his language was “beneath the standards I set myself”.

“After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air,” Krishnan tweeted.

“While it was not broadcast that word in any context is beneath the standards I set myself and I apologise unreservedly.

“I have reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry.”

In an interview with Times Radio, the MP said that sacking the presenter would be a “service to the public” if he was found to be in breach of his code of conduct.

“I had an interview earlier with a journalist I don’t have a great deal of regard for who I felt was misrepresenting the situation through the construction of his question, which I called out, I think live on air, or I thought it was a pre-record,” he said.

“And he clearly didn’t like that, quite right, too. But I’d be quite honest, I spent a long time live on air, calling him out on his conduct as a journalist and glad to do so any time.”

Steve Baker
Steve Baker
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He added: “But it’s most unfortunate that he’s sworn on air like that. If it’s in breach of his code of conduct, I do hope they sack him – it would be a service to the public.”

The MP later replied to Krishnan’s tweet, accepting the apology and saying he “appreciated” the gesture.

It comes after yet another tumultuous day in Westminster which saw Suella Braverman resign as home secretary.


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