Guyana prime minister orders pregnant TV anchor reinstated

The prime minister of Guyana has ordered the reinstatement of a TV anchor on the state-run station who said she was removed from her position because she is pregnant.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said the CEO of the National Communications Network must also issue an "unqualified apology" to Natasha Smith.

Smith said camera operators were initially directed to hide her pregnancy from viewers. She said later she was told by supervisors that she was being removed from her news-reading duties at the direction of CEO Lennox Cornette.

The NCN issued a statement denying that she was fired because she was pregnant. But the prime minister said late Wednesday that he had "no doubt" that was the reason and ordered her reinstatement as the Cabinet official in charge of public information.