Originally from Liverpool, Guru-Murthy attended the independent Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn, Lancashire. He read PPE at Hertford College, Oxford, and now lives in Notting Hill, London, with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Jasmine, and son, Jay. His sister is news presenter and journalist Geeta Guru-Murthy.
He first appeared on the DEF II programme Open to Question in 1988, and later presented the BBC's children's news programme, Newsround from 1991 to 1994. After spending three years as a reporter for 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.
After ten years at the BBC he joined Channel 4 in 1998. He has assisted presenting 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 documentary about the band Gorillaz called Charts of Darkness.
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 Bremner, Bird and Fortune and the film Shaun of the Dead. 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 competed on the quiz show Would I Lie To You? (02x06), as one of David Mitchell's guests. His team won 7-6. It was revealed on this show that he was afraid of the dark, and will check for monsters before he sleeps if he is alone.
He also presents The TV Show on Channel 4 every month, a discussion programme about television.
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