SKY TV star Dermot Murnaghan is once again our host for this year’s London Press Club Ball.
Dermot is one of Britain’s favourite TV news journalists and top interviewers – but like many on the box began his career in print.
He said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to host the evening for what is a very good cause and one close to my heart. The life of a journalist can be very precarious and you never know what’s around the corner.
“So those who hit hard times need all the help we in the media industry can muster.”
A long-standing ambassador for and supporter of the Journalists’ Charity, he currently presents ‘Murnaghan’ for Sky, a weekly agenda-setting news programme with an emphasis on sharp opinion, as well as Sky News. And he even has his own personal ‘Murnaghan’ cartoon trailer with its infectiously catchy tune.
Since joining Sky News in 2008, Dermot has covered the Budget, the General Election and the US election, as well as conducting high profile interviews with the likes of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his Labour predecessor Gordon Brown. He has also fronted several days of special programming including Sky News: Hard Times, which saw him travelling across the country to examine how economic cuts were starting to bite, as well as Dermot’s Economic Cycle, where he got on his bike to report recession stories across the South West and North of England.
Dermot joined Sky News from the BBC where he had fronted BBC Breakfast since 2002. During this time he also presented Eggheads and Treasure Hunt for the BBC. Before joining the BBC he spent more than a decade presenting ITV’s national news bulletins from London. He also took part in a Bond-esque spoof raising funds for Children in Need.
In 2000 Dermot won the prestigious Newscaster of the Year award from the Television & Radio Industries Club (TRIC) and in 1999 the Royal Television Society’s Interviewer of The Year Award for his interview with Peter Mandelson over the Geoffrey Robinson loan affair. This resulted in Mandelson’s resignation from the Cabinet.
A hard-nosed heavyweight with a cheeky smile, before moving to TV he cut his journalistic teeth in local newspapers including a stint in the newsroom of the Coventry Evening Telegraph during its legendary heyday in the 1980s – where broadcaster Jeremy Vine and others also learned their trade.
Dermot is a keen cyclist and has taken part in the Tour de France Etape. He also enjoys horse racing and is an Arsenal football fan.