Ian Burrell: After Adam Boulton, where have all the political editors gone?
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Monday 20 January 2014
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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