Dermot Murnaghan

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Dermot Murnaghan is one of the best known newscasters in Britain. Having presented BBC Breakfast on BBC1 for five years he is now the face of SKY News, presenting on weekdays from 9am – 1pm. He also fronts Sky’s Sunday morning political programme, Murnaghan.

Alongside his news commitments, Dermot presented the ratings success Eggheads, a quiz show for BBC2, which recently recorded its fifteenth series. He has also presented 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 2010 Dermot presented the science show Human Guinea Pig on Bravo, which saw the rugby star Gavin Henson take part in an experiment to withstand an electric current of 250,000 volts.

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.

Dermot is available for a range of corporate work. His charm and professionalism have delighted a whole variety of clients, many of whom invite him back to host year after year. His numerous conference and after-dinner appearances have included engagements for The Police Federation, Eurostar, The Home Office, The Army Families Federation, Orange, European Study Tours, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Which?, and Royal Mail.

We’ve had some amazing feedback already. Dermot was a dream to work with. I hope that he enjoyed the evening. Please pass on my thanks to Dermot, it was an absolute pleasure.

People?s Postcode Lottery Annual Charity Gala 2017


Dermot was a pleasure to work with, did an excellent job facilitating the day, managing the Q&A sessions during the afternoon, and was a real hit with our delegates. We are very appreciative and grateful that he was happy to step in and help us.

The DTG Summit 2016


Dermot was highly charming [as our Conference host] and very well received, as usual. Ever the consummate professional! A delight to work with him again…

CONSTABLES CONFERENCE 2010 (THE POLICE FEDERATION OF ENGLAND AND WALES)


Dermot was an asset to the conference and the general consensus from the client was that he was the best moderator they?ve had. He paid particular attention to the content and themes of the event and was subsequently able to deliver lively panel discussion as he put the Leadership Team on the spot. He completely understood the brief and made a conscious effort of siding with the audience and encouraging participating. The client feedback has been so good that they are already thinking of booking him for next year! I would love to work with Dermot again and would also recommend him.

SIEMENS SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCES 2010 (HOSTED BY YELLOW SPANNER)


Dermot was a huge success at last week?s event and has had really good feedback from everyone who attended. As well as it being a nice surprise for them to have such a well known person hosting the event, he really helped keep the day moving. Please pass on out thanks, not just for his support on the day but also his patience behind the scenes

AXA WEALTH CONFERENCE 2011


We just wanted to say thank you for chairing the EST?s 4 Entrepreneurs event yesterday. It was really lovely to meet you and you really made the day run smoothly and to time. The ?Pitch Your Own Idea Session? ran brilliantly with your chairing. Thank you again and we?re looking forward to working with you again.

EST 4 ENTREPRENEURS CONFERENCE 2010


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.

BRITISH PARKING ASSOCIATION CIVIL ENFORCEMENT AWARDS


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.

POLICE FEDERATION CONSTABLES? CONFERENCE: TALKBACK


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.

COMMUNITY CARE PUBLICATION CONFERENCE: THE EXCELLENCE NETWORK


The event went really well and Dermot was fantastic!

THE WHICH? BIG BANKING DEBATE


Dermot was outstanding. [He] was the perfect host for the National Science + Engineering Competition?s ?Nobels Live? event. The event brought together two Nobel prize-winners, science demonstrators and an audience of 500 young people, and we needed an experienced host to run proceedings. Dermot is extremely personable and easy to work with ? he follows instructions while also providing helpful ideas and is a very enthusiastic host. I have had the pleasure of working with Dermot on a couple of events for young people and he has a great ability to keep them engaged in difficult subjects that they usually may not be interested in. My colleagues were very impressed with him and are already talking about using him for future events!

NOBELS LIVE, THE BRITISH SCIENCE ASSOCIATION


Dermot Murnaghan recently hosted a philanthropy fundraising dinner for Action for Children and we were delighted with the evening. Dermot?s manner immediately put everyone at their ease, he was friendly and easy to brief, absorbing the key messages and objectives very quickly. He was a charming host, and his relaxed and sociable manner struck the perfect note and set the tone for a very successful and enjoyable evening.

PHILIPPA SMITH, MAJOR DONOR MANAGER, ACTION FOR CHILDREN FUNDRAISING DINNER 2013


Dermot hosted the game show element of Call My Wine Bluff which is ActionAid UK?s annual gala event fundraiser. He was a fantastic host, keeping professional at all times and funny too. He and the other celebrities involved helped us to raise over ?230,000 to help women fight violence and poverty.

ACTION AID


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