MEDIA: Sky News boosts editorial staff numbers

Sky News is to strengthen its editorial team with the creation of 17 posts.

The move comes in stark contrast to other media organisations, such as Trinity Mirror and Reuters, which have recently announced job cuts.

This week it was announced that two of the most senior of these posts have now been filled. Sky News has strengthened its planning, with ITV News Channel senior producer Kirsty Thomson named alongside former Tyne Tees Television news editor Clive Kerfoot as news editors, planning.

Kerfoot, who has been freelancing with Sky since August, will formally take up his role in September. Both Thomson and Kerfoot will report to head of home news Phil Wardman.

The strengthening of the department also sees deputy news editor Mark Evans, a former Daily Star journalist, promoted to home news editor reporting to Wardman. He is replaced by Sky News online producer James Jordan.

Deputy head of news Simon Cole told PRWeek he was in the interview process for the other recruits. He added: 'We are using the summer to beef up our newsgathering.'

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