The TV reporter on Tom Jones, a fairground brush with death and why he needs to apologise to any insulted interviewee
Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 50, born in Liverpool, began as a BBC Youth Television presenter at 18. He later wrote for Newsround and Newsnight and produced them.
He switched to Channel 4 News in 1998, where he was one of the presenters. He is interested in Taskmaster’s New Year’s Treat campaign, which can be seen on All 4. He is married and lives in London with two children.
What’s your greatest fear? Uh, sadness.
What is the attribute that you regret most about yourself? You’re impatient.
What is the quality that you most regret in others? Intolerance.
What do you hate about the way you look? I’m trying to resist disliking something about it.
If you were able to bring back to life something extinct, what would you choose? A Civil Dialogue.
Who will play you in the film of a lifetime? Obviously, Michael Sheen. He plays for all.
What’s your word of favour? Gorgeous. Gorgeous.
What’s the worst thing anyone told you about? “Sorry, we’re closed.”
Is it easier to receive or to give? Receiving is sharing.
What is your most culpable pleasure? I never feel bad when it comes to pleasures.
What was your life’s best kiss? I like the cover for Tom Jones, but the original for Prince is still the best.
What do your parents owe you? All. Everything.
And a message over the internet.
Who would you like to apologize to the most, and why? Any insulted interviewer who, for some personal reason, felt I was asking difficult questions.
They’re never intimate.
What is it that love feels like? Like a Chihuahua who cuddles you.
Which living entity do you most hate and why? I’m not able to publicly say that.
What’s the worst work that you’ve ever done? I once did a terrible job fixing the downstairs toilet.
If you could change your past, what would you change? I would have been there for every major news story I talked about in the studio when it happened.
What’s the closest you’ve come to death? I’ve dodged a few bullets in dodgy war zones, but I suspect the closest I’ve come to death was a reckless, drunken collision with a waltzer at a student party.
It nearly chopped me in half.
What has been your closest contact with the law? I’ve asked several Metropolitan Police commissioners some tough questions.
What keeps you up at night? My daughter talks to her friends, even though I thought I had disabled her devices.
How would you like to be remembered? As stunningly talented, stunningly beautiful and wise, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you? That I haven’t learned the most important lesson yet.