Sky News appoints Channel 4’s Faisal Islam as Political Editor

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Sky News has appointed Faisal Islam as its new Political Editor, replacing Adam Boulton who after 25 years as Political Editor is to become a full time presenter on Sky News.

Faisal will lead Sky’s political coverage and deliver the latest news and analysis from Westminster across all Sky News’ digital platforms.

Faisal joins Sky from Channel 4 News where he holds the position of Economics Editor.

He started his career as Economics Correspondent at The Observer where he was awarded the prestigious Wincott Award for Young Financial Journalist of the Year. He has won numerous other accolades including Young Journalist of the Year at the Royal Society of Television Awards.

He will join Sky News later this year and will take a lead role in the channel’s coverage of the Scottish Referendum in September and the General Election next year.

Faisal said: “I’m honoured to be joining Sky at an extraordinary time in British politics. This is a great opportunity journalistically and technologically and I am delighted I will be part of a team with such a strong reputation for breaking news and innovation.

“I’ve had a fantastic decade at Channel 4 News and I will miss all my talented colleagues and the world of economics. The opportunity at Sky to help transform political broadcasting is an exciting challenge that I could not resist.”

John Ryley, Head of Sky News, added: “The Political Editor is one of the most important and demanding roles at Sky News. We have a long history of challenging the way politics is reported in the UK and I know Faisal is keen to continue this; I am confident he will rise to the challenge. He is an impressive journalist and will make a very strong addition to our first class political team in Westminster.”

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