Kieran Gilbert named Sky News’ first chief news anchor

Sky News’ Kieran Gilbert has been named the first chief news anchor for the news channel, with the role commencing in November.

The newly created position will see Gilbert lead the Sky News Canberra bureau, anchor major news and special events and spearhead the channel’s political coverage.

Gilbert will lead Sky News’ reporting in 2020

Gilbert will front Sky News’ election coverage, host leaders’ debates and the Sky News People’s Forum events, as well as anchoring a new political program for 2020. More details will be announced regarding the new show soon.

Gilbert has been with Sky News since 2002, most recently as chief political reporter. He steps into the new role as the face of the channel as it prepares to lose David Speers to the ABC.

Paul Whittaker, chief executive of Sky News said: “Kieran Gilbert is an outstanding political reporter and as he celebrates an impressive seventeen years at the channel, I am delighted that he becomes our first Chief News Anchor. We have ambitious plans for the year ahead and Kieran will be at the forefront of Sky News programming. This announcement is the beginning of a number of initiatives we have coming soon.”

Gilbert said: “I am a proud member of the Sky News family and have been for a long time. I am honoured to take on this leadership role of our super talented political team in Canberra. As Chief News Anchor, I will not only cover politics, but big news and international stories, such as covering the upcoming Olympic Games in 2020 and the US Election.”

Gilbert returns to Sky News in the role of Chief News Anchor in November after hosting the Rugby World Cup for Fox Sports.


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