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. Air Algerie Crash: Four Possible Theories

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. 1. Plane ran out of fuel - being reported by some Algerian media. In my opinion unlikely. At only 50 minutes into a four-hour flight, this would be a dramatic miscalculation. 2. Shot down by ...

  2. Missing Flight AH5017: Five Possible Theories

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. 1. Plane ran out of fuel - being reported by some Algerian media. In my opinion unlikely. At only 50 minutes into a four-hour flight, this would be a dramatic miscalculation. 2. Shot down by ...

  3. Govt Accused Of Russian Arms Double Standards

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. It is still exporting £132m of weapons to Russia despite the shooting down of flight MH17 and previously promising to cancel all arms-related contracts to Moscow. As of May, there were 285 outstanding licences ...

  4. UK Government Still Sending Arms To Russia

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The UK Government is still exporting £132m of weapons to Russia despite the shooting down of flight MH17 and previously promising to cancel all arms-related contracts to Moscow. As of May, there were 285 ...

  5. Who And What Shot Down Flight MH17?

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The Pentagon has a number of satellites covering the area. They have been constantly monitoring ground activity since Ukrainian/Russian relations broke down so dangerously months ago. Their analysts will be looking for two ...

  6. Exit The Axe-Man: Enter Faithful Firefighter

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. As Defence Secretary, he guided the Ministry of Defence through its lowest years. Although Liam Fox presided over the fateful 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which decided the scale of cuts, it was ...

  7. RAF's F-35 Jet Misses Planned Air Show Debut

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is known as the Lightning II in the UK and is supposedly the future of military aviation. It had been due to fly at the Farnborough Air Show ...

  8. F-35 Fighter Jet Misses UK Debut After Fire

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The fighter jet, which has been touted as the future of RAF operations, was due to fly in the UK for the first time but has been grounded after another jet caught fire last ...

  9. Wounded Soldiers To Be Treated At £300m Site

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The Elizabethan farmhouse, just outside London, has been a military medical facility since the end of the Second World War. It has more recently treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in conflicts in Iraq and ...

  10. New Database Of Soldiers Killed In World War One

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The database, compiled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), will make it easier for people to search for relatives killed during the conflict. It will also help pinpoint where they have been buried ...

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