‘What act’: Channel 4 presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy caught insulting Tory minister Steve Baker off-camera after ‘robust interview’ – before apologizing ‘unreservedly’ over ‘unguarded moment’
- A Channel 4 presenter has issued a scathing apology after calling an MP a ‘c***’
- Krishnan Guru-Murthy thought he was off the air when he made the nasty remarks
- But they were picked up and broadcast through other live streams in the area
- He has approached MP Steve Baker to apologize for the unfortunate accident
A Channel 4 News anchor has issued a scathing apology after he was filmed referring to Tory minister Steve Baker as a ‘c**t’.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy conducted a ‘robust’ interview with the Northern Ireland Secretary on Wednesday about Suella Braverman’s decision to step down as Home Secretary.
After the interview took place, the live feed switched to the home of Prime Minister Liz Truss. Guru-Murthy thought he was no longer on air, but his comments were picked up by other nearby livestreams.
In footage which has now been widely circulated on social media, the Channel 4 News anchor said: ‘It wasn’t a stupid question Steve, you know. I am very happy to go up against you [PM Liz] Truss any day.
“What an act.”
Krishnan Guru-Murthy conducted a ‘robust’ interview with the Northern Ireland Secretary on Wednesday about Suella Braverman’s decision to step down as Home Secretary
The sound has since sparked widespread frenzy on social media, with Mr Baker telling Times Radio it was an “unfortunate” accident.
“If it’s against his code of conduct, I hope they fire him,” he said.
Earlier in the evening, Guru-Murthy issued an unreserved apology for the blunder.
“After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP, I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air,” he said.
“Although it was not broadcast, those words in any context are below the standards I set myself and I apologize unreservedly. I have reached out to Steve Baker to say sorry.’
Sir. Baker responded to the tweet with a message that read: ‘I appreciate your apology. Thank you.’
After the interview took place, the live feed switched to Prime Minister Liz Truss’ home and Guru-Murthy thought he was no longer on air, but his comments about Mr Baker (pictured) were picked up by other nearby live streamers
The pair went head-to-head in the interview after Ms Braverman was forced to resign after sending a sensitive document from her personal email.
The MP backed Ms Braverman during the interview, saying she showed ‘great integrity’ by admitting her mistake and resigning.
Sir. Baker said that had it not been for the error, he had no doubt Ms Braverman would have continued in her role – a statement Guru-Murthy disputed.
The anchor noted that Ms Braverman took “clear potshots” at Prime Minister Liz Truss in her official resignation letter.
She stated that when people made ‘mistakes’ – something Ms Truss has admitted – the right thing to do was to quit.
“This government looks like a joke,” Guru-Murthy said. “This is another example of this government’s incompetence, isn’t it?”
Earlier in the evening, Guru-Murthy issued an unreserved apology for the blunder. “After a robust interview with Steve Baker MP, I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment off air,” he said. “Although it was not broadcast, those words in any context are below the standards I set myself and I apologize unreservedly. I have contacted Steve Baker to say sorry’
But Mr Baker said “tensions are bound to emerge during periods of resignation” and said he hopes Ms Truss will be able to “reappoint Suella in the new year”.
There is believed to have been a bust-up between Ms Braverman and Ms Truss – who were rivals in the Conservative leadership contest – over immigration and visa policy last night.
She was under pressure to sign off on a plan to liberalize migration rules to help boost the economy, as part of Mrs Truss’s pro-growth drive. The former minister appears to have sent an email detailing the proposed policy to a parliamentary staffer, with speculation that she may have tried to sabotage it.
A Tory MP close to Ms Braverman told MailOnline of the security breach: ‘It’s the sort of thing where you get on your knees and get on with it – unless you want to get rid of someone.’
The MP said Ms Braverman was ‘not happy with their stance on immigration’ and also warned more resignations could be imminent.
‘I get the impression we’re going to have an avalanche.’
Suella Braverman (left) dramatically quit as Home Secretary today as Liz Truss’s (right) crisis worsened