Guru-Murthy at Chatham House in 2013
5 April 1970
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Other names||Krishnan Guru Murthy|
|Notable credit(s)||Channel 4 News|
Krishnan Guru-Murthy (born 5 April 1970) is a British television presenter and journalist employed by Channel 4. He presents the Channel 4 Evening News and the foreign affairs programme Unreported World.
Guru-Murthy was educated at the independent Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn, Lancashire, followed by Hertford College at the University of Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Life and career
Guru-Murthy first appeared on the BBC's DEF II programme Open to Question in 1988, and later presented the BBC's children's news programme, Newsround from 1991 to 1994, starting when he was still at university. After spending three years as a producer and reporter for BBC's Newsnight he became one of the first presenters of the BBC's then-new rolling news channel, BBC News 24, in the 12-4 pm slot. During his ten years at the BBC he also presented the news on BBC World and took part in various special events such as the 1997 general election and the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
He joined Channel 4 in 1998. He has also presented some of Channel 4's most controversial programmes including The Autopsy and The Exorcism, has reported from around the world covering many disasters and conflicts, and has also appeared in a mockumentary about the band Gorillaz called Charts of Darkness.
He presented "The Operation : Surgery Live" for Channel 4 which featured live heart, brain and abdominal surgery. And also fronted "The Event - How Racist are You?" in which the controversial former American schoolteacher Jane Elliott performed her "brown eyes, blue eyes" experiment on a group of British adults.
He has appeared as a guest on the comedy news show on Radio 4 The News Quiz, and has had cameo appearances in several productions, including regular ones in Bremner, Bird and Fortune and short cameos in one-off productions such as Shaun of the Dead and Dead Set. He also hosted the Channel 4 quiz show, Number One and The National Lottery. He used to write a weekly column in the Metro newspaper.
He also presents The TV Show on Channel 4, a discussion programme about television. In the month before the 2010 General Election he moderated the first of the big debates featuring the Chancellor of the Exchequer and his counterparts in a special programme called Ask the Chancellors. He also hosted "How to save £100 Billion - Live" the night before the new government's Emergency Budget.
In 2011 Channel 4 announced that Guru-Murthy would become an "ambassador" for its foreign affairs programme Unreported World involving him reporting some documentaries and introducing others from the news studio. His first film was from South Africa called Trouble in the Townships.
In January 2013, Guru-Murthy interviewed Quentin Tarantino who was promoting his new film, Django Unchained (2012). When he asked Tarantino to consider whether there is a link between film violence and real-life atrocities in America, especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Tarantino responded, "I refuse your question. I’m not your slave and you’re not my master. You can’t make me dance to your tune. I’m not a monkey." and later on also “It’s none of your damn business what I think about that!… And I’m shutting you down.”.
- Guru-Murthy, Krishnan (2005-11-14). "Krishnan's thoughts". BBC. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Channel 4 profile". Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- "Krishnan Guru-Murthy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- Gorillaz: Charts of Darkness (2001) (TV)
- Quentin Tarantino Has Heated Exchange With UK Journalist
- Last weekend, The Guardian
|Main Presenter of Newsround
1991 – 1994