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. British May Use RAF Tornados In Iraq Mission

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. In a statement, Number 10 said "a small number" of Tornado jets will be sent to the region and can be used, if required, to improve the UK's surveillance capability. The UK will ...

  2. British Aid Planes On Dangerous Iraq Mission

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The UK has deployed two C-130 aircraft, known as Hercules, from 30 Squardron to Iraq. The US is also using C-130 planes, as well as a Boeing C-17 Globemaster - to all intents a bigger ...

  3. Typhoon Jet - The Quick Responder

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. It is something the RAF has been doing since the Second World War when Spitfires and Hurricanes would be scrambled to meet the German Luftwaffe over the skies of Britain. QRA operates out of ...

  4. Ceremonies To Mark 100 Years Since WWI

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. :: 9.10am - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a service at L'Abbaye Saint-Laurent in Liege, Belgium :: 9.55am - William and Kate laid a wreath at the Cointe Inter-Allied Memorial in Liege :: 10am ...

  5. Royal Navy Rescues Brits From Conflict-Hit Libya

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. HMS Enterprise was earlier moved into position off the coast of North Africa before sailing into the capital Tripoli. The ship was moored offshore as her survey boat, Spitfire, collected people from the Port ...

  6. Ceremonies To Mark 100 Years Since WW1

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. At 10am, the Prince of Wales will attend a Service of Remembrance at Glasgow Cathedral. He will be joined by 1,400 invited guests, among them representatives of Commonwealth countries, and senior military figures ...

  7. Royal Navy Rescues British Nationals From Libya

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. HMS Enterprise was earlier moved into position off the coast of North Africa before sailing into the capital Tripoli. The ship was moored offshore as her survey boat, Spitfire, collected people from the Port ...

  8. World War One: A Cemetery's Poignant Story

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Sky's Defence Correspondent. The first shots on the Western Front were fired at dawn on August 23, 1914. The morning was misty and damp and the British Expeditionary Force, newly arrived in Belgium, was camped ...

  9. Royal Navy 'To Rescue Britons From Libya'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. HMS Enterprise is being moved into position off the coast of North Africa ready to be given the order to sail into Tripoli on Sunday morning. She will moor offshore and her survey boat ...

  10. World War One Grave Visits Reach Record High

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The most-visited of all is Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world. Nearly 12,000 servicemen who died in the Great War are buried on the sloping land overlooking the town ...

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