Dermot

 

Murnaghan

 
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Dermot Murnaghan is currently one of Sky's main news anchors, presenting Sky News with Dermot Murnaghan every Monday to Wednesday and fronting Sky's Sunday morning political programme, Murnaghan.

He also presents the ratings success Eggheads, a quiz show for BBC2 which record its fifteenth series in 2014. This led Dermot to host the spin-off shows Celebrity Eggheads and Are You An Egghead?

He presented BBC Breakfast for five years from September 2002 to December 2007. During his time there he shared the sofa with Natasha Kaplinsky and Sian Williams.  While at the BBC he also presented Treasure Hunt for BBC 2 and The State We're In, a satirical news programme for BBC3.

Prior to this he fronted ITV’s Lunchtime, Nightly and Evening news bulletins for 11 years and was a key part of the presentation team covering the 2001 General Election, reported from war zones and in 1997 Dermot broke the news to the nation about the sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 2000, his work at ITN was recognised when Dermot won the prestigious Newscaster of the Year award from the Television & Radio Industries Club (TRIC) - an award given for 'maintaining a consistent standard above all others'. He also won the 1999 Royal Television Society’s Interviewer of The Year Award for his interview with Peter Mandelson, which resulted in his resignation from the Cabinet.

Before joining ITN's Lunchtime News, Dermot regularly presented Channel 4 News and fronted five series of The Big Story - ITV’s prime time current affairs programme . He also co-presented ITV's Sports Awards and was the anchorman of Channel 4 Daily - a 3 hour daily live breakfast programme, during which time he reported on the first Gulf War.

He joined the Business Programme on Channel 4 first as a researcher, then reporter. Four years later he moved to Switzerland to work on the European Business Channel as reporter and presenter until he was called back for the launch of Channel 4 Daily.

After obtaining an MA in History from Sussex University he went on to complete a post-graduate course in Journalism at City University.

 

Dermot is married to journalist Maria Keegan. They have three daughters and a son, Kitty, Molly, Alice and Jack.

He is an Arsenal fan.


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