Journalist Rowley is named Kennedy senior press aide

Liberal Democrats leader Charles Kennedy has announced that former

BBC and Sky journalist Jackie Rowley is to become his senior press


Rowley, who takes up the role on 1 October, was most recently a

presenter on BBC News 24 and a regular writer for national


'Jackie's wealth of experience and knowledge of broadcast and print

media will be a valuable asset,' said Kennedy.

With her appointment, Kennedy has also promoted his senior researcher

James Lundie to the role of deputy press secretary.

Rowley began her career as a reporter with BBC Scotland Glasgow, before

moving to New York in 1983 to report on BBC network radio.

She returned in 1986 to report for BBC TV news, moving to Sky News three

years later.

At Sky, as its international affairs editor, she covered the collapse of

communism in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, the run up to the Gulf War

and the arrest of General Noriega in Panama.

In her new role, she replaces Daisy Sampson, who quit earlier this month

after two years in the role.

Sampson, a former managing editor of The House magazine, is credited

with playing a key role in Kennedy's transformation into a popular

political figure.

She is returning to freelance journalism to pursue a career in


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