Channel 4 News spokesman Krishnan Guru-Murthy has returned to the TV station’s flagship program after being halted from broadcasting for swearing at Northern Ireland Minister Steve Baker.
The presenter made no mention of the incident when he reappeared on the show Monday night.
He was suspended a week after the incident on Wednesday 19 October following an interview with the Tory MP.
In an indirect moment after the conversation with Baker, Guru-Murthy was heard saying, “That’s great.”
Channel 4 said his impulsive actions violated the channel’s code of conduct.
A statement from the broadcaster said: “Channel 4 has a strict code of conduct for all of its employees, including its programming team and online presenters, and takes any violations seriously.
“Following an outdoor incident, Channel 4 News host Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been suspended for a week.”
After the incident, Guru-Murthy tweeted: “Following a powerful interview with congressman Steve Baker, I used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment.
“Although it was not broadcast, that statement in any context is still within the standard that I have set for myself and I sincerely apologize.
“I’ve reached out to Steve Baker to apologize.”
Earlier, in an interview with Times Radio, Baker said that firing Guru-Murthy would be a “public service act” if he was found to have violated his code of conduct.
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“I had a previous interview with a journalist, I was not very concerned that the person I felt had misrepresented the situation through his question formulation, which I called out, I think directly or I think so. a pre-record,” he said.
“And obviously he doesn’t like that either, absolutely right. But really, I spent a long time live on air, calling him out about his behavior as a journalist and would be happy to do so at any time.
“But the most unfortunate thing is that he was sworn in on the air like that. If that violates his code of conduct, I hope they fire him – it would be a public service act.”
Baker later responded to Guru-Murthy’s tweet, accepting the apology and saying he “appreciated” the gesture, and told him “all is forgiven”.
The interview comes after a tumultuous day in Westminster that saw Suella Braverman resign as home secretary, to be replaced by Grant Shapps.
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