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Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been suspended from broadcasting for a week after he swore at government minister Steve Baker.

Guru-Murthy, who was broadcasting from Downing Street, heard on an audio feed saying “what happens” when the Tory MP left.

He later tweeted that after a “vigorous interview” with the Conservative MP, he used “used a very offensive word in an unguarded moment”.

He added: “While it wasn’t broadcast, that word in any context falls below the standard I set for myself, and I apologize insincerely.

“I’ve reached out to Steve Baker to apologize.”

Explaining its decision, Channel 4 said it has a “strict code of conduct for all employees, including the programming team and online presenters, and takes any violations seriously”.

It added: “Following an outdoor incident, Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been suspended for a week.”

Because the host has booked a week of sabbatical, he will not return to the broadcast before November 4.

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