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Krishnan Guru-Murthy


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KRISHNAN GURU-MURTHY, one of the most recognisable faces on British television news, played his part brilliantly in the ongoing debate regarding prime minister Boris Johnson’s Jimmy Savile slur.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries has been widely criticised for repeatedly insisting that Boris Johnson “tells the truth” during an interview with Guru-Murthy. She was interviewed by Channel 4 in January 2022 after the prime minister made false claims against Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

In a clip watched millions of times online, Guru-Murthy asked: “How can you have a prime minister just repeating fake news like that?” When Guru-Murthy added that Johnson had said things that are “untrue” and that he “misled that House”, Dorries replied: “The prime minister tells the truth.”

In September 2021, Guru-Murthy was reappointed to the board of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a world-famous scientific organisation, for three years. His term will run from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024.

When The Guardian asked Guru-Murthy, what was the most important lesson life has taught him, he replied he hadn’t learned the most important lesson yet. He added he wanted to apologise to every offended interviewee.

Known for his innovative and fresh styles, Guru-Murthy, 51, began presenting youth television for the BBC at 18. He went on to report for and produce Newsround and Newsnight. In 1998, he joined Channel 4 News, where he is one of the anchors. As an Oxford student he fronted the Asian current affairs programmes East and Network.

In October 2020, he hosted a live debate show titled ‘Live: Divided Britain: The Lockdown Debate’, centred around the coronavirus lockdown measures introduced by the government. It saw participation from politicians, business owners, doctors and scientists on the critical issues facing the UK during the most intense period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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