January 28th, 2014

Sky News Political Editor Runners and Riders

The race is on for one of the best jobs in SW1, so as ever Guido gives you the runners and riders to replace Adam Boulton:

  • Nick Watt - Said to be a favourite, Watt is strong on TV and has built a decent broadcast reputation on the Sunday Politics. Bit Guardian-y though.
  • George Parker -  FT pol ed Parker likes to think he invented the whole political journalist turned pundit and paper reviewer thing.
  • Nick Robinson - Mischievously tipped for a move across from the BBC to Sky News, Robbo is said to want to become a Beeb “institution” instead. Fancies himself as the next John Sargeant.
  • Laura Kuenssberg - Guido’s favourite presenter, the ITV News business editor is heading back to the BBC to be Newsnight’s chief correspondent. Is rumoured to have turned down the possibility of a last minute change of mind.
  • Tom Newton Dunn - The Sun’s political editor is a good bet to make the move to broadcast at some point, being strong on telly.
  • Joey Jones - Will surely do the job one day, though his bosses are said to be looking for someone “more exotic” to replace Boulton.
  • Cathy Newman - Channel 4’s Cathy from Dulwich is persistent, as Nick Clegg has found out. But would she want to stand outside Downing Street at 10pm every night?

It’s wide open…


  1. 1
    retardEd Miliband says:

    It ith a Thky Newth Political Editor vacanthy cwy-thith.

  2. 2
    Newsfox says:

    My bet is Bob Carolgees.

  3. 3
    Mr Thomas, London says:

    My vote is for Joey Jones. Ne’s superb imho.

  4. 4
    Mrs Ganesh says:

    I vote for Janan Ganesh

  5. 5

    Whoever, watch your waistline because Adam didn’t.

  6. 6
    retardEd Miliband says:

    Ith that photo Photothopped, or did you weally get all the people to thtand nextht to each other in outer thpathe?

  7. 7
    Peter Grimes says:

    Toenails Robinson is ALREADY a dyed-in-the-wool Beeb institution – it shows in his slavish commentary following the Leftist line, complete with requisite sound-bites..

  8. 8
    Mitch says:

    Cathy Newman is too frosty. If she relaxed a bit but stayed sharp then Yes.

  9. 9
    C.O.Jones says:

    He is also as predictable and boring as hell IMO.

  10. 10

    My results on the newspaper poll:

    centre-right – * less of the centre please
    pro-business – * check
    consider yourself influential – * don’t really give a FF
    only moderately interested in breasts – *MAMMOTH FAIL*

  11. 11
    He's got the lovliest eyes eva says:

    What a name.
    What a guy.

  12. 12
    Times? says:

    Me too Cat.

  13. 13

    But how about for her becoming Sky News Political Editor?

  14. 14
    My head hurts says:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned Jo Coburn. An incisive, non partisan, intellectual interviewer (snigger)

  15. 15
    Nemesis says:

    I just wish Sky would replace that fat, smug bastard Eamonn Holmes on Sky News in the mornings. Anybody would do as a replacement for the self-loving preening sod.

  16. 16
    Mitch says:


    Don’t fancy her, really. Not cuddly enough.

  17. 17
    Peter Grimes says:

    It’s a tough job being wined and dined in the HoC!

  18. 18
    Peter Grimes says:

    That comes with following the Leftist line!

  19. 19

    Go on Mr Robinson, make the jump from the dark side….

  20. 20
    Peter Grimes says:

    Can agree 100% with that – the prat has tried a ‘hard man’ image in questioning in the last few months, and just looks like the jumped-up twat that he is.

  21. 21
    Gooey Blob says:

    Still 15 months to go and yet the Tories are almost level with Labour in two latest polls. This isn’t going to end well for the reds, a massacre looks to be on the cards.

    We’ll have to invent a new word for the electoral disaster heading Miliband’s way. How about “Milibattered”, as in “Labour are going to get Milibattered”? Equally we could use Ed’s first name, eg “Labour will be decimatEd”.

  22. 22
    News Bunny says:

    How about a person in a rabbit suit?

  23. 23
    I would surmise says:

    I think most of us like him a teensy-weensy bit less than you do Nemesis.

  24. 24
    cep says:

    With you there.

    Anyone know the name of the ‘wide boy’ type who does the markets on Sky News..?

    I think it’s markets….

    A bit ‘geezery’, but good.

  25. 25
    Ed the Eunuch says:

    Who cares? They are all crap!

  26. 26

    It’s a fix. What a boob.

    I still have here the copy of the Times dated 17th March 1971, in which the late Viv Neves appeared topless in a Fisons advert. She was a bloody cracker too!

    One reader wrote in to say he hoped it did for the Times’ circulation what it had done for his.

  27. 27
    FFS says:

    He always sounds like he would be better suited to presenting Blue Peter.

  28. 28
    Is that justice for the thousands who died? says:

    This evil ugly c-unt, who’s already retired and living on a nice fat pension, has agreed to be struck off, despite the fact she’s, er, already retired. Yeah, that’ll show her!

    So this is what happens when you preside over neglect, bullying and deaths. UI hope she and all like her get cancer and die slowly and painfully.


  29. 29
    I think Ed Balls is working for the Conservatives says:


  30. 30
    Is that justice for the thousands who died? says:

    The face of a psychopath

  31. 31
    cep says:

    Unfunny and fucking awful. How he bagged that missus I’ll never know.

  32. 32
    Dr Johnson says:

    I thought that Sky’s answer in all staff related matters was to give it to the one with the biggest tits. Hence Bolton and Holmes.

  33. 33
    FlagOfInconvenience says:

    Or MilibatterEd?

  34. 34
    Mitch says:

    It’s difficult to disagree with you.

  35. 35
    cep says:

    Careful, people here still think Ed’s gonna win.

  36. 36
    Ron Barras says:

    Just give it to the Sky news crime correspondent, they’re full qualified already

  37. 37
    Is that justice for the thousands who died? says:

    The envy of the world?

    A midwife at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust dragged a partly-naked patient out of a bathroom and told him: “You are no longer a human being but an animal,” a misconduct hearing is to be told. Bonka Kostova also shouted “I hate you” at the 73-year-old man, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

    Vote Labour for more of this.

  38. 38
    FFS says:

    Brian Walden is still alive

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Of course if the Tories “independent” Bank of England gonk actually decided to increase intrest rates before the election then the wheels would well and truly fall off the housing bandwagon.

    Wouldn’t be so many Tory voters then.

  40. 40
    Arthur Daley says:

    who gives a shit?

  41. 41
    Hugh Janus says:

    Reputed to have right-ish tendencies, so how does he cope with the Beeb? Must feel like a fish out of water.

    Joey Jones is consistently good in my view – calm, sensible, doesn’t say “ah” every third word and generally a good, all-round egg.

  42. 42

    If she let her hair grow longer (avoiding that serious, Guardianista look), she could probably look quite foxy. I am sure you could then find a way to put a little weight on her… :-)

    *Really going for the Godfrey Bloom PC award here*

  43. 43
    Jimmy says:

    It just has to be Kay hasn’t it?

  44. 44
    Is that justice for the thousands who died? says:

    I’ll tell you who WOULD disagree with me. Jasmin Beckett. Like all Labour robots her age, she thinks everything Labour did was great.

  45. 45
    Jasmin Beckett is a total fucktard says:

  46. 46

    Maybe, but a bit of exercise would not have hurt him.

  47. 47
    Mitch says:

    They should all be ashamed of themselves and be sacked, at least. But it won’t happen, of course, because no politician really gives a sh*t.

  48. 48
    FFS says:

    Right-wing compared to the rest of the Beeb maybe!

    That myth started because he used to be a member of the Young Cons at Uni, but as everyone knows, the Young Cons have the best parties….

  49. 49
    Anon says:

    What’s the Kostova Bonka please? And are you free tonight?

  50. 50
    Mustapha Djinn says:

    My money is on the only TV presenter with experience, personal charm, brains, gravitas and great personality – Bruce Forsyth !

  51. 51


    Not White Dee?

  52. 52
    Jizz Buckett says:

    Ed, can I take your cock out of my mouth now?

  53. 53
    Mitch says:

    That’s a serious train crash just waiting to happen. Don’t buy a house now, whatever you do.

  54. 54
    Mitch says:

    Yeah, he likes to hint that it’s still true, but it isn’t. No way.

  55. 55
    Hugh Janus says:

    Walden was very good, but Robin Day was the best.

  56. 56
    cep says:

    You have the IQ of 8mm threaded bar.

  57. 57

    So is Denis Healy but I would not suggest him.

  58. 58
    C.O.Jones says:

    David Frost is a better choice than Brian Walden.

  59. 59
    Mr Potato Head2 says:

    Ed is sincere about destroying the economy. It is his mission in life.

  60. 60
    Barry Normal says:

    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

    No geese.

  61. 61
    Pdubya says:

    I almost agree with you but would have phrased it slightly differently, namely
    ” thought that Sky’s answer in all staff related matters was to give it to the biggest tit. Hence Bolton and Holmes.”

  62. 62
    Nuts says:

    That foppish dandy…..he’s fucking wick.

  63. 63
    Mitch says:

    You’re young – you’ll learn that sincere sounding men usually aren’t.

  64. 64
    Mr Potato Head2 says:

    Socialists are sincere, loyal and trustworthy. Ask Francois Hollande.

  65. 65
    Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

    I can see him switching for a big enough salary. SKY news has so many ex beeboids that they are damn nearly as left wing as the BBC is now. The BBC could replace Robinson with Owen Jones.

  66. 66
    Anon says:

    Milicrash? Milifucked? Milibuggered?

  67. 67
    Not Rees Mogg but the other one says:

    Had to put it up:


  68. 68
    James McEwan says:

    Joey Barton speaks French.

  69. 69
    Jasmin Beckett says:

    I cried when the second Iraq war ended. I wanted everyone in Iraq to die.

  70. 70
    Anon says:

    Shamoron proves the rule!

  71. 71
    Gordo McBust says:

    I am all of those things – and a bully. You can’t survive without bullying, and ensuring that those around you can do the same.

  72. 72
    Peter Grimes says:

    Surprised that you of all posters here fall for that particular canard, Huge.

    Toenails is pure Leftoid scum!

  73. 73
    Ed Balls says:

    You have to admit it; my “schools must not produce winners” policy worked a treat with her, eh?

  74. 74
    The British media are cunts says:

    Sophie Ridge? She might spout shite like the rest of the media hacks but she’s good eye candy.

  75. 75
    Peter Grimes says:

    Do be different, fuckwit – it all depends on the amount. 1% would make no difference at all. Why are all the idiots on here ‘anonymous’?

  76. 76
    Peter Grimes says:


  77. 77
    Peter Grimes says:

    For a moment there I thought you were referring to Saint Margaret Hodge who the Beeb seem to find hours for every time she finds a problem with public spending. The dopey cow never says that it was generally ZaNuLaB who got us into the shit in the first place. I wonder why!

  78. 78
    Peter Grimes says:

    Especially the lying shit Andy ‘7 Inches’ Burnham.

    Has the lying bastard sued Jeremy Hunt yet, Guido?

  79. 79
    Peter Grimes says:

    Slightly less dead, do you mean?

  80. 80
    The most amusing claim ever says:

    Electoral Calculus still predicts overall Labour Majority of 4 though STILL that’s absolutely nothing and if Labour had a half decent leader and some actual credible policies they whould be around 25 points clear

  81. 81
    Peter Grimes says:

    Sophie Ridge and Cathy Newman GIVE French!

  82. 82
    The most amusing claim ever says:

    The naivety of the young mind is quite endearing

  83. 83
    Mark Oaten says:

    I like crap.

  84. 84
    C.O.Jones says:

    Spot on.

  85. 85
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte. says:

    My money is on either Kuessenberg or Newmand with 1st prederence for Newman.

  86. 86

    A MIDWIFE dealing with a 73 year old male patient please explain !

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    God no, do we need his rat faced lefty hag in Sky?

  88. 88
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte. says:

    I like the bird he work with I bet she is one shag.

  89. 89
    Jimmy says:

    You think they should move upmarket?

  90. 90
    Bilda Berger says:

    How many more times must we tell you, Ed?

    Fuck off.

  91. 91
    Bilda Berger says:

    You could rephrase that.

  92. 92
    Honk if You Hate them says:

    None of them, much prefer watching Mrs Browns boys.

  93. 93
    Honk if You Hate them says:

    Owen who?

  94. 94

    You are conflating with heavyweight, I imagine.

  95. 95
    dai cisively says:

    its either jane hunter-dunn or olivia newton-john

  96. 96
    Magnolia says:

    Robinson is a bit abrasive and smarmy but his knowledge of history is good.
    Watt is a love but much too embedded with lefty ideas.
    I don’t recognise two of the men and much as I should welcome the choice of a woman, I just can’t warm to those two, they give off no warmth to the audience.
    Joey is handsome, easy on the eye, calm and unflappable.
    Joey for 007!

  97. 97
    Percy Thrower says:

    Mmm yes, Soapy Minge.

  98. 98
    The bottom line says:

    Do you mean Joan Hunter-Dunn? Can’t find any Jane.

  99. 99
    Percy Thrower says:

    What, no mention of Jon Craig? It’s a blinking disgrace!

  100. 100
    TEIFION says:

    can some one remind me whose left SKY ?

  101. 101
    lescrompsblogg says:

    What no Emily Maitlis she’s definitely got the legs for Sky

  102. 102
    I agree with Nick says:

    A fan of girly big rears, I hear. The Sky bike could stay in the office.

  103. 103
    catwin says:

    Does anyone use the BBC, Sky or ITV for news and comment any longer?

    Apart from the Eastenders and Coronation St watching classes that is.

  104. 104
    Phfellow2004 says:

    Frankly, when it comes to any serious voter opinion, all these presenters/commentators are a load of overpaid geeks. These people generally annoy and not influence and voters are not stupid because they can spot their political stances. Why the BBC, Channel 4, Sky should give these twerps such substantial remuneration amazes me!

  105. 105
    100wpm says:

    Joey Jones is worth watching.

  106. 106
    But says:

    Robinson is a useless biased twat.

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    You should probably have gone out more at Uni.

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    we are anonymous. we are leigion.

  109. 109
    Ma Fioso says:

    Do you think her mum knows she has a phone? And that she is the laughing stock of 90% of the country? Her friends must be pissing themselves laughing everytime she tweets her bollox.

  110. 110
    Ma Fioso says:

    Still far too young and inexperienced. What she needs is say 5 years as the resident correspondent in Rawalpindi first.

  111. 111
    Ma Fioso says:

    She’ll go well with most of the others then!

  112. 112
    Peter Grimes says:

    And illiterate!

  113. 113
    Peter Grimes says:


  114. 114
    Lucky Lollipop says:

    Laura to Newsnight. Sweet.


  115. 115
    Peter Grimes says:

    It’s settled. It’s the minxy Kuenssberg bint with a sly squint!

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