'What a c***': News anchor apologizes for abusing minister on LIVE TV
ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: The Channel 4 main anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy has apologized for calling Northern Ireland Minister Steve Baker a "C**t." Outside Downing Street, the 52-year-old TV broadcaster was overheard abusing Baker while not realizing he was speaking live.
In the entire conversation, which was a live broadcast from outside the PM's house, Guru-Murthy speaks with Baker after the interview. He begins by saying, "Thanks a lot, Steve." Then, seemingly in response to what Baker stated, he said, "It wasn't a stupid question, Steve, you know it, I'm very happy to go up against you on trust any day." Guru-Murthy then continues to laugh before muttering, apparently to himself, "What a c**t." Live stream watchers noticed the clip and instantly posted it on social media.
In which Krishnan Guru-Murthy calls Steve Baker a c*nt— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) October 19, 2022
Guru-Murthy eventually apologized on Twitter. "After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air," he admitted. "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."
For a time, it appeared like everything was alright because Baker responded to the tweet by saying, "I appreciate you apologising. Thank you." However, he later seemed to have a change of heart, telling Times Radio's John Pienaar that he hopes Channel 4 fires the journalist, as reported by The Sun.
I appreciate you apologising. Thank you.— Steve Baker MP FRSA 🗽 (@SteveBakerHW) October 19, 2022
Baker said, "I had an interview earlier with a journalist I don't have a great deal of regard for, who I felt always 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."
"And he clearly didn't like that, quite right, too," Baker continued. "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. But it's most unfortunate that he has 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."
Channel 4 News has already been charged with anti-Tory bias. Nadine Dorries, a former cultural secretary, declared she intended to privatize the broadcaster and claimed its signature news channel hadn't "done itself any favours," according to reports by BBC. Channel 4 has been a publicly owned organization entirely funded by advertising since it was established by the Thatcher administration in 1982.