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Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy suspended for swearing at Tory minister

Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been taken off air for a week by Channel 4 after he was heard swearing at Tory minister Steve Baker off air on Wednesday.

Guru-Murthy apologised “unreservedly” after what he described as a “robust interview”.

He wrote on Twitter: “After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air.

“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.”

Mr Baker replied to Guru-Murthy’s tweet, accepting the apology and saying he “appreciated” the gesture.

Channel 4’s statement said: “Channel 4 has a strict code of conduct for all its employees, including its programming teams and on-air presenters, and takes any breaches seriously.

“Following an off-air incident Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been taken off air for a week.”