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. Security Before Camp Bastion Raid Criticised

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Fifteen Taliban insurgents broke through the perimeter fence on September 14, 2012, killing two US Marines in a battle lasting into the following day. Eight British and eight American military personnel and one civilian ...

  2. 'Everyone Remains A Suspect' On Flight MH370

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent, Kuala Lumpur. Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's defence minister and acting transport minister, admitted that mistakes had been made in the way relatives had sometimes been treated. But, during a lengthy interview, he defended his ...

  3. Search Chief's Demeanour Says 'We've Found It'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall. He won't commit himself to say they have found the plane. Not yet. Not until he sees some wreckage for his own eyes. "How confident are you?" he was asked by an Australian reporter. "50 ...

  4. China Trying To Scoop Malaysia In MH370 Race

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Sky News Defence Correspondent. Tony Abbott, the Australian PM, phoned his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak this morning to tell him what ADV Ocean Shield had heard overnight. That is a sign of how significant this development ...

  5. Ukraine: Nato Planes To Monitor Russian Troops

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft based at Waddington in Lincolnshire and Geilenkirchen in Germany, and flown solely by the RAF, will track Russian troop and flight movements over an area of 312 ...

  6. Ukraine: Nato 'Must Seize On Crisis In Crimea'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A comment piece in the Daily Telegraph asked, quite justifiably, whether the alliance had taken its eye off the ball. A joint op-ed from General James Jones and Secretary William Cohen in the German ...

  7. Ukraine: West Wants To Talk Not Fight

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Nato's North Atlantic Council met in emergency session on Sunday and it is likely they will again this week. The Nato Ukraine Commission (NUC) convened immediately afterwards for the second time in under ...

  8. Former London Tube Station Sold For £53m

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The Brompton Road property, close to department store Harrods, was owned by the Ministry of Defence, which put it onto the market as part of its cost-cutting efforts. The money raised from the sale ...

  9. Family Anger Over Soldier Death 'Cover-Up'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Sky News Defence Correspondent. Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement was found at Bulford Barracks, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was stationed, on October 9, 2011. The 30-year-old, from Bournemouth, had previously accused two fellow RMP officers of raping ...

  10. British Army Team Ready To Scale Everest

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The expedition is hoping to raise awareness for sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSI). It is backed by the Combat Stress charity and The Royal British Legion. The expedition team is being led ...


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