I use my Mac for reporting news
We interview Channel 4 news anchor and Mac owner Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
MacFormat: How long have you been using a Mac for?
Krishnan Guru-Murthy: I first laid hands on an Apple computer at school. My mum brought home an Apple 2e she had borrowed from the local college for us to try out. I loved it, but in the end my parents decided to go for a BBC Micro. I had PC laptops at home until I bought an iMac G3 in 2000. I’ve since owned an iMac G4, a 12-inch PowerBook and Mac mini. I now have an iMac and a MacBook.
MF: Why a Mac and not a PC?
KGM: The truth might be that I’m a bit of a sucker for design and advertising. But I like to think it’s because I can do everything I want to do with my Macs so easily. Although my friends think I’m a bit of a geek, I’m actually pretty hopeless with complicated software. But I can plug in my guitars and piano keyboard and happily waste hours of time, or easily edit video footage.
MF: Are you forced to use a PC laptop when reading the news?
KGM: We make the programme with software that only runs on PCs at the moment, so I have no choice. I’m sure Mac versions could be written easily but I imagine cost is a major factor.
MF: What’s your favourite app?
KGM: I leave open Firefox, TweetDeck, Mail, iTunes, Spotify, Garageband and Word almost all of the time.
MF: Will you be getting an iPad?
KGM: I use my iPod touch a lot and my initial reaction to the iPad was that I didn’t think I really wanted to carry one around. I have already started to change my mind and suspect I will cave in before too long, but I might wait until it has an iSight camera and bigger memory.
MF: Which interview has been your most memorable for Channel 4 news?
KGM: My most memorable moment of the year so far is probably asking Gordon Brown if he hit, shoved or threw things at his staff. This was at the end of a quite rigorous interview about economic policy. I knew The Observer was about to print allegations along those lines, but it was still a very bizarre exchange to be having with a serving Prime Minister.
MF: Do you think that the political parties really got to grips with technology to help them deliver their message in the last election?
KGM: I think some party members tried hard, with lots of politicians joining Twitter for the campaign, using iPhone apps and various party websites. But they didn’t really make it work as well as they should have done. The control mentality around politics can be stifling, and the caution online was very noticeable. (Some people believe the real progress was made in data collection; the Tories especially are thought to have a very big database of supporters now, including what issues push their buttons.) Journalism on the other hand was really quite vibrant and free online and absolutely the place to be, with the telly on in the corner.
This interview originally appeared in issue 222 of MacFormat, the UK’s best selling Apple magazine.
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