Channel 4 journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy has revealed how he was bullied as a child because of his race.
The veteran broadcaster, 47, told how a classmate picked on him when he was at secondary school in Blackburn, Lancashire.
He opened up about the torment during an interview with former model Lily Cole, 30, for his new Channel 4 News podcast Ways to Change the World.
Journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, pictured, and former model Lily Cole discussed childhood bullying in an interview for his new Channel 4 News podcast Ways to Change the World
Cole, 30, told how her own experience as of bullying left her feeling insecure as she entered the modelling industry. The writer and entrepreneur was bullied over the colour of her hair
Guru-Murthy told how a classmate picked on him because of his race when he was in school
Meanwhile Cole told how her own experience of bullying left her feeling insecure as she entered the modelling industry.
She said: ‘I’d been bullied at school. I came into [modelling] as quite an insecure person. In some ways it gave me a lot of security in myself and in other ways it made me incredibly insecure.
‘And maybe that was also part of my movement away from it as an industry because I never really wanted to depend on the kind of needing that approval.’
The presenter, pictured with his wife, admitted he never told teachers about the bullying
Asked by Guru-Murthy why she was bullied, Cole responded: ‘I think mainly because I had red hair. I think that’s a reason a lot of kids are bullied in school when they shouldn’t be.
‘Maybe also because I was quite. I don’t know, maybe I was a bit different, maybe I was a bit quiet, I don’t know.’
Guru-Murthy admitted he had also been bullied at school, saying: ‘[Over my] race, basically. [A] fairly simple thing… Teachers didn’t really know, I don’t think. And you didn’t tell.’
Cole, pictured in 2016, said she was also ‘a bit different’ to her peers when she was in school
The presenter added how his former bully later apologise for the pain he had caused.
‘The guy who bullied me, he wrote me a letter,’ Guru-Murthy said. ‘He became a teacher. He wrote me a letter of apology.
‘Sort of saying “I realise how awful I was when we were young”. It was when I was 13, 14. And he wanted to say sorry.’