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Ed Conway has been appointed to the new role of Economics Editor for Sky News. Ed will join Sky News’ business unit and will bring viewers the latest news and analysis on the UK and global economy. The appointment comes at a time when the state of the economy is at the top of the news agenda and Ed’s reports will offer viewers an in-depth look on how it will directly impact their lives.

He will work alongside Sky’s influential business team including Business Presenter Jeff Randall, City Editor Mark Kleinman, Business Correspondent Dharshini David and Business Presenter Joel Hills. Ed’s reports will feature heavily across Sky News’ business bulletins and he will contribute regularly to Jeff Randall Live on weekday evenings (7pm to 8pm).  He will also play an integral role in Sky’s coverage of major landmark stories throughout the year including the Chancellor’s Budget, and pre-budget report. 

For the past year Ed has been on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Previous to this he was Economics Editor at The Daily Telegraph and before that Economics Correspondent at the Daily Mail.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Ed Conway on board. The economic landscape has never been more important to our viewers.  Ed has a strong track record for breaking major economic and business stories and I have confidence that he will make a real impact delivering the latest news to our audience with authority, clarity and enthusiasm.’

Ed will also create content for Sky News’ multimedia platforms including skynews.com, Sky News Radio and Sky News for iPad.  He starts his role in August.

Andrew Hawken has been appointed Head of Digital Media for Sky News, working across all its digital platforms – Skynews.com, interactive TV, Sky News mobile services, and the recently launched Sky News for iPad.

Andrew will work with the channel’s editorial and technical teams as they continue to develop the channel’s multi-platform offerings. He will oversee Sky News’ award-winning website Skynews.com, and mobile services, including the RTS award-winning iPhone app, now downloaded over two and a half million times, and named in Apple’s top ten free UK apps of all time. Andrew will also be responsible for Sky News for iPad – a ground-breaking app that allows users to fully immerse themselves in their chosen stories via live video, expert analysis and rich interactive graphics. 

Head of Sky News, John Ryley, said: “Andrew’s huge wealth of editorial and new media experience puts him in prime position to drive forward Sky News’ digital offering. Sky News has always been at the forefront of the digital media arena and I’m confident Andrew will guarantee its future success.” 

Andrew joined BSkyB as Editorial Director for Sky’s online portal in October 2006. During his time in the role, Andrew helped to grow unique users across the network by nearly 50 per cent to over 10 million per month, making it one of the most popular network of websites in the UK. Andrew has over 28 years experience in journalism, including a ground-breaking stint as general manager of MSN.com, where he was in charge of editorial, planning and product development for the homepage.

From 2230 on Thursday 5 May, Sky News’ political editor Adam Boulton will be hosting an overnight results programme with full coverage and all the results from the English Council, Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament elections as they happen.  

Adam will be in the Sky News Centre with top political guests, as well as Sky News’ election analyst, Professor Michael Thrasher.  

There will also be an interactive element where twitter will be integrated into the live coverage online and on air as never seen before.  Sky News will have reporters at key locations in England, Scotland and Wales.

On Friday 6 May from 1600, Adam will be handling the results of the crucial AV referendum from the Electoral Commission results headquarters at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands.

Sky News today announces that Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent and three time winner of the prestigious RTS Journalist of the Year Award, will take up a new posting in Johannesburg this summer.  

Alex, currently based in Dubai, has spent the year covering the tumultuous uprisings in North Africa and the Middle-East. Alex has underlined her world class credentials in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and most notably, reporting form the stricken Libyan cities of Zawiya and Misratah. Alex’s new role will see her return to the continent where she grew up to cover news across Africa. She will also continue to be deployed on big stories around the world.

In other foreign bureau moves, Chief Correspondent, Stuart Ramsay, will transfer from Delhi to the Dubai bureau, whilst Emma Hurd vacates Johannesburg for Jerusalem as Middle East Correspondent. Both Stuart and Emma will cover the constant breaking news across the region

Sky’s Dominic Waghorn is to leave Jerusalem to take up the role of US Correspondent, replacing Robert Nisbet who will move to Brussels as Europe Correspondent. Alex Rossi, meanwhile, takes up the post of India Correspondent based in Delhi

Sky News has appointed Five News’ Jonathan Samuels to join its foreign team as Australia Correspondent. He replaces Ian Woods who returns to Sky News in the UK after successfully setting up the bureau last year.

Sarah Whitehead, Head of International News for Sky News, commented: “It’s been an incredibly busy start to the year for foreign stories and it doesn’t look like its going to slow down anytime soon. Our re-formed teams will bring the best news stories from every region to viewers at home and around the world, and will, no doubt, continue to generate award-winning foreign news coverage.” 

All foreign correspondent bureau moves will take place during the summer.

On Thursday 17th March 2011, Sky News will be launching Sky News for iPad, its ground-breaking new service that allows users to decide what they watch and how they watch it.

Designed specifically for the iPad, the Sky News App offers an entirely new way of delivering live events, expert analysis and interactive graphics.

More information will be revealed on Thursday 17th March.

More than 2 million people have downloaded Sky News’ award-winning application for iPhone and iPod touch, the channel announced today. The news comes as Sky News launches an updated version of the popular app, which currently boasts 700,000 unique users per week and has been in the top free download chart in Apple’s UK and Ireland App store since launch.

Downloads peaked at 200,000 per month in April this year, during the General Election campaign, when special extra functions were added. There was a further spike in the number of downloads in July – the month that saw the World Cup and the Raoul Moat manhunt dominating the news.

The latest version of the app, which originally launched in May last year, has been optimised for the iPhone 4. It provides enhanced picture quality for Apple’s Retina display, and enables users to share stories on Facebook and Twitter. Further enhancements include the ability to read pre-stored news while the phone is offline, and the ability to swap between black and white text – to suit the user’s preference. 

In 2009, the Sky News app won a Royal Television Society Innovation award. It delivers breaking news by text, images and video in categories including UK news, sport, business, world news, showbiz news and weather. The app also enables users to send in their own stories and pictures, and participate in the channel’s forums and analysis blogs. It passed the landmark 2 million downloads in September. 

David Gibbs, General Manager Mobile, BSkyB said: “As more of our customers use our services via their mobile devices, it’s important that we continue to innovate and provide the best experience possible.”   

James Weeks, Executive Producer, New Media for Sky News, said: “We’re delighted that this app has been such a runaway success. Users know we are the first place to look for breaking news, and they’re coming in increasing numbers.  The enhancements we’re announcing today will help our journalism reach an even larger new audience.” 

The app is available for free from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/

Hard Times are coming to Britain – and to Sky News. In a day of special programming from 0700 on Tuesday 7 September Sky News: Hard Times will ask where the cuts are already biting and find out whether the public is yet engaged.

Sky Presenter Dermot Murnaghan, the man who got on his bike to check out the Economic Cycle in 2009, will travel from Scotland to the South West of England to offer a snapshot of how Britain is adjusting to an age of increasing austerity, talking to the businesses bracing themselves for what’s to come.

In Edinburgh, Dermot will present live from inside the HQ of the Royal Bank of Scotland – the bank 83% owned by the taxpayer. He’ll speak to one of those involved in the rescue of RBS as well as Iain McMillan, Director of CBI Scotland, about his Manifesto for Scotland and the recommendations he is making to the Scottish Government on industry matters.

In Kilmarnock, Sky News examines the knock-on effect of 750 jobs currently under threat at the local whisky factory. Local MP, Cathy Jamieson will speak to Sky News about the potential effect on businesses which rely on the factory for their livelihoods.

In the North East, Dermot presents live from Newcastle Quayside – one of the city’s first areas of regeneration. In the 1980’s and 1990’s the city lost many of its traditional industries but reinvented itself through IT, the public sector and service industries. Now those jobs are under threat, and, as the region faces up to its second period of austerity in thirty years, Dermot will look at how the North East of England can engineer a new renaissance. Trevor Mann, Vice President of Manufacturing at Nissan UK, talks to Sky News on the need for sustained inward investment into the region.

In the North West of England, Sky News will look at the future of Liverpool where the development agency which pumped millions into Merseyside has been told to cut its budget by £15m. This has led to the axing of school rebuilding and cuts to programmes aimed at tackling long-term unemployment and improving health and housing. City Councillors fear a return to the 1980s with rising unemployment and jobs, literally, heading South. Dermot will be interviewing guests including Council Leader Joe Anderson about proposed budget cuts and school closures.

In Exeter, Government cuts are threatening plans for the ‘Exeter and East Devon Growth Point’ – a completely carbon-neutral community with schools, a business and science park. With the local development agency being axed, the main funding is drying up, and the Council and local businesses must wait for the results of the Comprehensive Spending Review. Sky News speaks to guests including Tim Jones, Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, about the situation which is jeopardising thousands of medium and long-term employment prospects, and will hear about the biggest blight on the future of many young people in the region – the lack of affordable housing.

Also as part of Sky News: Hard Times, Jeff Randall travels to South Wales to investigate why Merthyr Tydfil has lost the will to work. With a third of the working population on some form of unemployment hand-out, and more than 20% of children living in homes where no-one works, the Government’s proposed welfare reforms are going to hit the town hard.

In a half-hour documentary entitled A Town Like Merthyr, TX 1930, Jeff discovers a dependency culture created by benefits, made worse by widespread drug abuse. He reveals research by Cardiff University, which suggests a claimant who has been on incapacity benefits for more than a year is more likely to die than get a job, and he talks to some of the teenagers of Merthyr, who have already written off their futures.

Sky News today announced that Nick Powell has been appointed to the newly created role of Sports Editor as part of the channel’s changes to Sports presentation.

He joins Sky News Political Editor Adam Boulton, City Editor Mark Kleinman and Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall in breaking big news stories as well as providing specialist expertise and analysis. 

Nick Powell said of the appointment: “My role is to ensure that quality sports presentation and reporting are a key feature of Sky News’ output. With our colleagues in Sky Sports, we aim to provide the best action, live reporting, major interviews and in-depth analysis, first.”

The position will see Nick split his time between weekday sports bulletins, evening football match analysis and presentation of the Saturday Sport programme, as well as the day-to-day management of the Sky News sports department. Nick, whose career in broadcasting spans 28 years, will also be on hand to offer expert analysis of the biggest breaking sports news stories.  

Nick will take up his new role from 23rd August, to coincide with the launch of Sky Sports News HD, and Sky Sports News will start providing the Sky News sports bulletins from their studios between 1200 and 1400 and during the evening news wheel, each weekday.

The changes are designed to deliver an even better service for Sky News viewers, who recognise Sky Sports as a leader in sports broadcasting. The integration of Sky Sports News talent, greater editorial co-operation, shared news-gathering and on-air branding will help bolster the firepower of the Sky News Sports offering and give prominence to the Sky Sports News channel’s look and feel.

Further on-air changes include Charlie Thomas and Chris Skudder becoming reporter/presenters, enabling them to expand from presentation into reporting from the field during live sporting events, as well as continuing to present from the Sky News Centre.

Sky News today announced that Political Correspondent Joey Jones has been appointed Deputy Political Editor.

In the newly created role, Joey will deputise for Sky News Political Editor Adam Boulton, and work to secure Sky News’ reputation for breaking news during a time of great change in politics. He will take up the position in September.

Joey Jones joined the political team in 2007 and has become a respected analyst of the Westminster scene with his unique way of scrutinising Prime Minister’s Questions and other set-piece events. He broke the stories of the resignations of Jacqui Smith and Hazel Blears, and shadowed David Cameron throughout this year’s General Election.

Joey Jones said: “Having spent almost all my journalistic career at Sky News, I am delighted to be taking on such a prominent role. I am confident that with the help of Adam and the rest of the political team, we will dominate journalistically this most exciting period at Westminster.”

John Ryley, Head of Sky News said: “Joey Jones got the job because he is a story-getter – he gets it first and gets it right.”

Joey started his career as a reporter at BBC Radio Devon from 1997 to 1998 before moving to report for the Euronews channel, based in Lyon, from 1998-99. He began to freelance for Sky News in 1999 and became a full-time member of staff at Sky News in 2002.

 

John Ryley, Head of Sky News, has been awarded with the Individual Achievement Award at this year’s Broadcast Digital Awards for his instrumental role in bringing about the televised Leaders’ Debates, described as ‘a defining moment in recent British broadcasting history’.

The accolade is awarded to an individual considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of digital media, and the judges praised John Ryley for launching an online campaign calling for the televised debates.

Conor Dignam, Group editor for Broadcast, Screen and Shots, said of John Ryley:

“As the editor of one of the most powerful news brands in the market, this year’s winner launched an online campaign calling for a televised debate that attracted thousands of signatures. He wrote personally to every party leader – and published their replies. He lobbied, he cajoled, he used the power of his channel and brand and he twisted arms – to make it happen. Even his broadcasting rivals concede that without his passion and commitment to make this happen, there may have been no live debates. It is these attributes and strengths that helped create broadcasting history this year.”

John Ryley, Head of Sky News said: The award is for everyone at Sky who contributed to the success of the Leaders’ Debate and the launch of HD. Never accept the status quo.”

 

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