Channel 4 Lead presenter of the news, British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, was taken off the air for a week after calling British minister Steve Baker “ac**t”.
Guru-Murthy later apologized in a tweet for the comment, which he said was made in an “unattended moment”.
“After a forceful interview with Steve Baker MP, I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off the air. While it was not aired in any context, that word is below the standards I have set myself and I apologize without reservation. I’ve contacted Steve Baker to say sorry,” the veteran broadcaster tweeted.
“I appreciate your apology. Thank you,” the Tory MP tweeted in response to the anchor’s statement.
I appreciate you apologising. Thank you.
— Steve Baker MP FRSA 🗽 (@SteveBakerHW) October 19, 2022
According to Channel 4it enforces a strict code of conduct for employees and “takes infringements seriously.”
In a statement, the broadcaster said: “Channel 4 has a strict code of conduct for all its employees, including its programming teams and presenters, and takes breaches seriously.”
“After an off-air incident, Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been taken off the air for a week.”
the BBCreported that after his suspension, Guru-Murthy will not return to the channel before November 4 due to an additional pre-existing week of leave.
However, Mr Baker told: Times Radio that firing Guru-Murthy would be a “service to the public” if he violated his code of conduct.