MEDIA: Sky bolsters domestic news-room

Sky News has re-organised its news-desk in an attempt to bolster domestic coverage.

Sky News has re-organised its news-desk in an attempt to bolster domestic coverage.

Phil Wardman, who was one of four news editors working on a shift system, has been appointed to a newly-created position, head of home news.

The company said this will be a 'co-ordinating role', working with existing news editors Rob Kirk and Roger Protheroe. They are joined by former news-desk assistant Jane Elston, who is promoted to news editor.

Elston replaces Michael Wilson, who has left the desk to take charge of Sky News' new investigative journalism unit. His title is now editor, special reports.

The investigative unit will work across all Sky News platforms, including radio and on-line. The brainchild of Nick Pollard, head of Sky News, it will aim to provide in-depth analysis of topical stories.

'It is the way news organisations are going,' Wilson said. 'You can't just think about the main news output anymore.'

The new unit will allow the chance to reflect on different ways of approaching stories rather than just shooting them non-stop, Wilson said. 'It will enable us to sit back - we have thinking time.'

His dedicated crew of broadcast journalists will include Mark Chater; former senior sports correspondent Mark Saggers; Andrew Simmons, who joined Sky from ITN this year; and Greg Milam.



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