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…




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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