Alistair Bunkall

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Alistair Bunkall is a Correspondent for Sky News specialising in Defence. He took up this role in 2012. He has broken a number of exclusive stories as Sky’s Defence Correspondent including the privatisation of the UK’s Search and Rescue service to an American company, the deployment of British military assets to assist the French mission in Mali and the news that BAE Systems had signed a deal with Oman to manufacturer Typhoon jet aircraft for the country.

Previously he was the channel’s Business Correspondent between 2010 – 2012. His time in the role coincided with one of the busier and more turbulent periods in the history of the global economy. Alistair reported from around Europe on the crisis affecting the Eurozone and covered the double-dip recession in the UK.

He has also been a key figure on some of the biggest domestic stories of recent times including the Royal Wedding and the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

Alistair has also reported on the conflict and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, and the terror attacks in Norway. He reported from the waters around Utoya Island, the memorial services held in Oslo and on Anders Breivik's first court appearance.

Alistair studied at the University of Bristol before doing a Post Graduate Course in Journalism at City University, London. Since then Alistair has worked for the BBC One o’clock news, ITV Central and ITV Thames Valley before taking up his role at Sky News in 2007.

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Articles by Alistair Bunkall

  1. Lee Rigby: MI5 Under Scrutiny In New Report

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The inquiry, carried out by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), will conclude the terrorist attack last May was random and largely unpreventable. However, it will highlight some areas where the security services ...

  2. MI5 Spared Major Criticism Over Rigby Killing

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A report by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee is expected to largely clear MI5 of serious failings but highlight some areas where the security service could have performed better. The report will be ...

  3. NATO's Cyber War Games Amid Surge In Attacks

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. On average the military organisation is the victim of five major cyber attacks each week and that has increased "significantly" since Russian aggression in Ukraine started. The figures were published as NATO carried out ...

  4. UK's Show Of Force Against Russian Aggression

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Working alongside Polish counterparts, they've carried out live fire exercises and tactical training. In a highly symbolic image, Challenger Tanks and Warrior armoured fighting vehicles have been on manoeuvres on the plains of ...

  5. British Drone Launches First Strike In Iraq

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A British Reaper drone, flying out of an airbase in Kuwait, struck Islamic State (IS) militants laying roadside bombs near Baiji, north of the capital Baghdad, on Sunday. One Hellfire missile was fired and ...

  6. Last British Troops Fly Out Of Camp Bastion

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Waves of aircraft lifted off from the base in Helmand, bound for Kandahar Airbase, in an operation that had been planned for months. The last British helicopter to leave was the Chinook, with six ...

  7. Britain's War In Afghanistan Comes To An End

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. In a symbolic ceremony at Camp Bastion, the Union Flag was lowered for the last time on Sunday, marking the formal handover of power to Afghan Forces. That simple act brought the 13-year war ...

  8. RAF Drones To Gather IS Intelligence In Syria

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The missions will start in a matter of days but the drones won't be authorised to fire on targets. The RAF Rivet Joint spy plane will also expand its area of operations into ...

  9. PM Makes Last Visit To Afghan Combat Troops

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent, at Camp Bastion. He flew to their Helmand base after meeting the country's new President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. Addressing the troops at Camp Bastion, the Prime Minister warned them that the fight ...

  10. PM: UK 'Has Paid A Heavy Price' In Afghanistan

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The Prime Minister flew into the country overnight after making a surprise pit-stop in Cyprus to thank British troops who have carried out airstrikes on Islamic State extremists in Iraq. His motorcade arrived at ...

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