Ian Burrell: After Adam Boulton, where have all the political editors gone?
What’s going on in the parliamentary lobby? Adam Boulton’s decision to stand down as political editor of Sky News after 25 years and five elections appears to mark the end of an era. Boulton will present an evening show on Sky News.
But his departure from the lobby is just the latest in a long line of resignations by political editors. Many are going into political PR – The Sunday Telegraph’s Patrick Hennessy joins a Labour Party team that already includes former lobby journalists Tom Baldwin (Times) and Bob Roberts (Daily Mirror). Graeme Wilson of The Sun joined No 10 as press secretary, while Isabel Oakeshott of The Sunday Times was hired by Lord Ashcroft to help write a biography of David Cameron. Patrick O’Flynn, chief political commentator of the Daily Express, is a European parliamentary candidate for Ukip.
Boulton’s new Westminster-based show will no doubt include politics – he could end up talking to a lot of his old lobby friends.
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