Written by Adriana Calado, Events Coordinator
October ended in the best way possible. Trick or treats apart, I had the honour of interviewing one of Channel4’s most prestigious news anchors: Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Whether you are an aspiring journalist, or just someone who likes to stay well informed (and you should), this name probably rings a bell.
In our private interview before the University’s Media Summit on October 30th, to which he was a guest, Sr. Guru-Murthy explained to me that not everyone is fit for TV, so if you are a broadcast fanatic and want to make it a way of living, there are a few things you should consider first:
To be on screen you need “a bit of a talent for performance,” he said. You need to have that “extra something” that makes you perfect for the job. Reading the news on camera while sounding convincing and not stumbling on the words might be a trickier task than it appears. And the reason why it seems so easy for us viewers is because professionals like Sir Guru-Murthy make it look like that. But if you are joining the KU Journalism Society to the BBC trip this month, you will have the opportunity to try it for yourself and find out if you really have what it takes.
During our Interview, Krishnan Guru-Murthy promptly answered to all the questions
Secondly, “staying calm with the pressure and being able to think on your feet, speak clearly, look at the camera and communicate with the people” is a fundamental part of the job, he explained. Being a broadcast journalist, as cool as it might look (and I am sure it is), is not a bed of roses. There will be a downside to it, but if this is what you are meant to be doing, you will work your way around all the hassles.
However, being talented is not enough, he finally said. You need an extra dose of hard work and even luck. You need to want it more than you want to stay in the bed at 5am; and you need to want it more than you want to watch your favourite shows. But most importantly, you need to enjoy it.