Colin Murray

Colin Murray

Colin Murray began his career as a news reporter, cutting his teeth at the Ulster News Letter. He then set up and co-published his own cutting-edge music magazine ‘Blank’ and unexpectedly found himself co-hosting for BBC Radio 1’s Session In Northern Ireland, after attending a five minute audition, believing it was for BBC Radio Ulster. It appeared he could talk as well as write.

Since then Colin has soared through the ranks at BBC Radio 1, deputising for various major shows and doing a six month stint as host of the flagship evening music programme. He currently co-presents the “Colin & Edith show”.


On TV, Colin has presented BBC3’s “EastEnders Revealed”, 4Music series “Ear Candy”, Channel 4’s “Born Sloppy” and appeared regularly on “Liquid News”. Colin has also co-presented the last three year’s BBC3 Glastonbury coverage.

Apart from being crowned IPR Northern Ireland Entertainment Journalist of the Year 2002 - for his long-standing music column in the Irish Sunday People - he also scooped a coveted Gold Sony Radio Broadcast Award. The Feature Award was for a documentary he made with All Out Productions entitled “The Trouble With Drugs”.

Colin can be heard every Friday on BBC Radio 5 Live, 7pm to 10pm, and on his Fighting Talk show on 5 Live. His weekly podcast for BBC Radio 5 Live provides an irreverent half hour that looks back at the week in sport.

Colin Murray’s ‘A Random History of Football’ is a witty alternative history of the most popular sport that provides the reader with a random collection of bizarre, humorous and frankly intriguing football stories.