The Matrix Project is an effort to document personal factors that undermine powerful journalists’ claims of objectivity and impartiality. Are factors such as an elite education, establishment connections, personal wealth and interests in rival fields compatible with journalistic integrity?
This page looks at Channel 4 News journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy. For more information on the database click here.
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Krishnan Guru-Murthy attended a number of private/independent schools including Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School near Blackburn (source)
He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Hertford College, Oxford (source)
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No significant professional experience in politics or business
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Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s sister Geeta Guru-Murthy is a BBC World and BBC News journalist (source)
Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s brother Ravi Guru-Murthy has held a number of high-profile charity and political roles – “Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee in 2013, Ravi held a number of roles in the UK Government, including Director of Strategy at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and as a strategic advisor to the Foreign Secretary.” (source)
Krishnan plays in a band with his friend Peter Barron, a former Newsnight journalist who went on to work for Google in a number of high-profile roles such as Director of Communications, North and Central Europe (source)
Krishnan plays in a band with his friend Tom Hincks, who is president of the Endemol Group, a production company which had global revenues of £1.1 billion in 2011 (source)
Salary/Indications of Wealth
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Krishnan Guru-Murthy‘s salary cannot be confirmed. However, as a leading presenter on Channel 4 News – which reputedly pays Jon Snow in the region of £1 million a year – it is highly likely that it is in the hundred of thousands.
Guru-Murthy’s wealth is such that he was able to hand back £26,000 for hosting a foreign aid event (when it was revealed the taxpayer footed the bill) (source)
As a point of reference, the Office for National Statistics list the average UK salary for 2021 as £26,193
Krishnan earned £26,000 in just two days as host of the foreign aid event
Complaints / apologies / controversies
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No significant upheld complaints or apologies
IN THEIR OWN WORDS…
(Geeta) was always much more of a BBC figure than I was. I’m just a little bit more challenging of the Establishment. We’re [Channel 4] a bit more troublemaking, and I guess my personality is also a bit more troublemaking than hers isKrishnan Guru-Murthy
“Troublemaker” Krishnan Guru-Murthy attended private school and Oxford, is in a band with two high-ranking business executives, has a sister who works for the BBC and a brother who has advised the UK Foreign Secretary. Krishnan’s earning power is such that he pocketed the average UK annual salary for just two days’ work hosting a foreign aid event.
Impartial? Independent? Holding the powerful to account?
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