Dermot Murnaghan is one of the nation’s best-known and most experienced news readers. He currently presents Sky News Monday-Wednesday from 10am-1pm and Murnaghan, a weekly agenda-setting news programme on Sunday mornings. Before moving to Sky, he occupied the BBC Breakfast sofa for five years and also spent 11 years at ITN, where he was the presenter who broke the news to the nation about the sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Aside from news, he also presents the early evening quiz show Eggheads on BBC2.
A keen cyclist, Dermot hosted our Champions of CycleSport Dinner in 2010 and has tackled our tough Action End2End bike ride. “The UK End2End ride fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime for me,” he says. “As a leisure cyclist, it was always something I’d wanted to do. The highlight for me was not any one particular moment, although the finish came close, but the growing sense of camaraderie that developed among all the riders as we wound our way around the UK. It was the bonding through shared pain, effort and achievement. If anyone asks me if they should do this challenge with Action Medical Research I have a very short answer. Get your cycling shorts on!”