Sky News names The Australian’s Andrew Clennell as political editor

Sky News has appointed The Australian’s Andrew Clennell as political editor, following the addition of Kieran Gilbert as chief news anchor last week.

In the on-air role, Clennell will report live from Parliament House during sitting weeks and deliver breaking political news coverage. Previously, he was NSW political editor at The Australian, and has also held positions at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph, where he was the state’s political editor for seven years.

(L-R) Ashleigh Gillon, Laura Jayes, Andrew Clennell, Kieran Gilbert, Annelise Nielsen and Tom Connell.

“Andrew Clennell has an impressive track record of delivering news breaking stories that set and inform the political news agenda,” said Sky News’ chief executive, Paul Whittaker.

“We’re delighted he joins our award-winning political team led by chief news anchor Kieran Gilbert alongside Laura Jayes, Tom Connell and Annelise Nielsen.”

Clennell is a three-time Kennedy Award winner for his political reporting, with more than 20 years’ experience.

“I am very excited about joining Sky News and being part of one of the most influential and important teams in Australian media when it comes to breaking stories and holding politicians to account,” Clennell said of his new role.

“I have spent more than two decades shining a light on our leaders and informing people about what motivates their decisions and what their true agendas are. I am flattered to have been chosen to take up this critical role and cannot wait to join the talented Sky News team.”

Whittaker also took the opportunity to welcome back political reporter Ashleigh Gillon, who returns from maternity leave and has been with the channel for 15 years.

“We also welcome back long-serving Sky News political reporter Ashleigh Gillon as a key member of our team in 2020,” he said.

Sky added that further announcements regarding its 2020 programming will be made soon.


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