Thursday, March 20, 2014

Faisal Islam New Sky Pol Ed

Following MediaGuido’s coverage yesterday, Sky News have confirmed that Channel 4′s Faisal Islam will replace Adam Boulton as political editor later in the year. He was on form last night when Guido bumped into him at the Political Book Awards. Best of luck…

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Faisal Islam Denies He is the New Sky News Political Editor

The line is that no offer has been made to anyone for the Sky News Political Editor job, though Media Guido understands that it is a run off between current Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones and Channel Four’s Economics Editor Faisal Islam. Islam denied this afternoon that he has been offered the job, though speculation is rife in Westminster and telly-land that he is the chosen one. As was noted earlier, betting has been suspended.

Betting Suspended on Sky News Pol Ed

Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have suspended betting on the next Sky News political editor. It makes sense that if it is an internal hire we will hear imminently. Though the complexity of an external appointment may delay the news a little longer…

UPDATE: Who wouldn’t want the glamour of the job?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sky News Political Editor: Down to the Final Three

MediaGuido understands that the final interviews for the Sky News political editor gig will be held tomorrow. Millbank bosses have narrowed it down to the final three, with one of the candidates still in the running describing the process so far as “attritional” and “rigorous, rigorous, rigorous”. Sky sources confirm if they go in-house we can expect an announcement imminently, if they choose an outside candidate we will have to wait. Stay tuned…

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sky News Political Editor: Interview Stage Underway

Interviews for the much-coveted Sky News political editor’s job have been held in a hospitality box at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea football club. MediaGuido understands that the candidates to have made it through to interview stage include Sky’s own Joey Jones and Jon Craig and the BBC’s James Landale and Allegra Stratton. Also among the final few under consideration are Tom Newton Dunn of the Sun, the Economist’s Anne McElvoy and Faisal Islam, economics editor of Channel 4 News.  An announcement is some weeks off yet…

UPDATE: Some say Ben Brogan and Gary Gibbon also on the list. All names caveated – especially given it is said to be an 8 name shortlist.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sky News Political Editor: Telly Gossip Bonanza!

Speculation over the Sky News political editor job has reached fever pitch. Screw the immigration bill, it’s all anyone in the Westminster village  wants to talk about. Many ‘friends’ of delicate broadcast journalists have been in touch with MediaGuido, disappointed not to find their ‘friends’ name on our list of runners and riders. An announcement isn’t expected for several weeks at the least, though Guido hears that concerns have been raised about the prospect of an inky press man requiring months of training. Sky insiders say management want a candidate with significant broadcast experience, though that comes with very long notice periods. The latest names doing the round are:

  • Jon Craig – hat in the ring.
  • Gary Gibbon – dark horse.
  • Andy Bell – Channel 5 news used to be in the same building as Sky – well liked there and heavily tipped.
  • Chris Ship – Increasing speculation about ITV’s Deputy Political Editor.
  • James Landale – Old Etonians. Everywhere.

Joining speculation about:

  • Nick Watt
  • George Parker
  • Tom Newton Dunn
  • Joey Jones
  • Nick Robinson

Laura Kuenssberg is said to be out, and Cathy Newman was apparently approached but is apparently not interested. Guido is sitting by his phone patiently…

Tuesday, January 28, 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…

Monday, January 13, 2014

Adam Boulton Steps Down as Sky News Political Editor

Big Sky News news today:

“After 25 years at the frontline of political reporting, Adam Boulton will be stepping down as Sky News’ Political Editor to anchor a new evening show.   Adam’s new programme will be based at Sky News’ Westminster studio and will feature hard hitting interviews, insightful analysis and interactive elements. It will launch later this year. Adam joined Sky News when the channel started in 1989 and since then has been at the centre of political journalism. He has covered five election nights and interviewed five prime ministers over the last quarter of a century. Adam also chaired Sky’s historic Leaders’ Debate in April 2010 which he was instrumental in bringing about after years of campaigning.”

Race is on for one of the best jobs in SW1…


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