Dermot Murnaghan is the presenter for 'Sky News Today'. He joined Sky News from the BBC where he fronted BBC Breakfast from September 2002 to December 2007. During his time there he shared the sofa with Natasha Kaplinsky and Sian Williams. He also presents the ratings success Eggheads, a quiz show for BBC2, which recorded its ninth series in 2008. He has also recently presented a new spin-off show Are You An Egghead?
Before joining the BBC he spent more than a decade presenting ITV's national news bulletins from London.
After graduating with an MA in History from Sussex University, Dermot completed a postgraduate course in Journalism at City University. He worked as a trainee reporter on local newspapers before joining Channel 4. He was a regular presenter on Channel 4 News and from 1989 anchored the channel's daily breakfast programme, which he fronted throughout the Gulf War. Dermot broke the news to the nation about the sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales and then played a major role in ITN's coverage.
He also worked on Channel 4's Business Programme, between 1984 and 1988, and for the European Business Channel in Switzerland before being recalled to front ITN's World News on Channel 4 Daily. Before moving to the BBC Dermot presented ITV's Evening News, as well as the Most Wanted series on LWT and Sieges.
Between 1993 and 1997 he presented the channel's weekly current affairs series Big Story.
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.
He was part of ITN's 2001 General Election team and has reported from war zones across the world.
Dermot enjoys horse racing and is an Arsenal football fan.
What can I say other than, 'Thank you! We couldn't have done it without you!'. Of course I am referring to the assistance you gave us in hosting our event on Friday evening. It was a real pleasure working with you and your calm professionalism was greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for facilitating yet another excellent TalkBack session. The conference delegation and Central Committee appreciate your knowledge on policing issues and your skills in managing the questions during the session. It was a pleasure to work with you again.
This was the first time we used Dermot and he was a real winner with the audience... he was very easy to work with, very professional and did a great job for us.
The event went really well and Dermot was fantastic!”