UK public service broadcaster Channel 4 has pulled news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy from the air for a week on Wednesday after he verbally abused MP Steve Baker on air.
“Channel 4 has a strict code of conduct for all its staff, including its program teams and on-air presenters, and takes any breach seriously,” Channel 4 said in a statement on Thursday, following an off-air incident that saw Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-murthy off air for a week.
Amid political turmoil in the UK government, Guru-Murthy interviewed Baker, a member of the ruling Conservative Party. After the interview was over, Guru-Murthy referred to Baker as Ak***t.
Guru-murthy then apologized.
After a tough interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word during an unguarded off-air. Even if this word was not conveyed in any context, it falls below my own standards and I apologize without reservation. I’ve reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry,” Guru-Murthy tweeted.
Guru-Murthy made the comments off-camera and off-air, after the UK parliament voted on fracking, and subsequently interviewed Baker. The voting process was marred by a number of conservative MPs deciding not to support the government.
After the interview, a Mike Guru-Murthy picked up a snippet of his conversation with Baker, in which he said: “That wasn’t a stupid question, Steve, you know. I’d be more than happy to go up against you on Truss any day. Following this, Guru-Murti says to himself: “What kind of thing?”