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. Bombing Campaign Against IS 'Not Working'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The politician, a participant in last week's London Summit, was speaking on condition of anonymity because of his leading position in the Middle East. He criticised the "congratulatory spirit" displayed by the UK ...

  2. Memorial Service To Honour Afghan War Dead

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Sky News understands the service is expected to take place at St Paul's Cathedral in mid-March. In particular, it will pay tribute to the 453 military personnel killed during the war and the ...

  3. Kurds: Give Us More Help Or IS Threat Will Grow

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Speaking exclusively to Sky News before a major conference, Lieutenant General Jabar Manda delivered a message to the 21 foreign ministers gathering in London. "We need more equipment, we need new weapons and we ...

  4. Exclusive: Kurdish Plea For Help In IS Fight

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Speaking exclusively to Sky News on the eve of a major conference, Lieutenant General Jabar Manda delivered a message to the 21 foreign ministers gathering in London. "We need more equipment, we need new ...

  5. Ex MI6 Boss Warns West Not To Insult Islam

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Sir John Sawers was delivering his first speech since leaving office. He stepped down as 'C' in November 2014 after five years at the helm of the Secret Intelligence Service. Sir John picked up ...

  6. WWI Diary Reveals Truth Of Christmas Truce

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A World War One diary, never displayed in public before, has revealed that fighting continued in some parts of the line, despite the legendary festive entente. An extract from a journal belonging to Lieutenant ...

  7. WW1 Diary Reveals Truth Of Christmas Truce

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A World War One diary, never displayed in public before, has revealed that fighting continued in some parts of the line, despite the legendary festive entente. An extract from a journal belonging to Lieutenant ...

  8. Women Could Be Fighting On Front Line By 2016

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has signed off a major review that concluded females could serve in a combat role if they achieved the rigorous physical standards required. A senior defence source has described ...

  9. Britain Losing Courage, Military Chief Warns

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. General Sir Nick Houghton said we are living in a "more dangerous, less certain, less predictable, more unstable place" and the British military is well-placed to play its part in defending freedoms and values ...

  10. Iraq Abuse Inquiry To Release Its Findings

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. It is expected to conclude that British soldiers did not torture or murder Iraqi detainees after a fierce battle in 2004. It will describe the allegations as "lies". The Al-Sweady Inquiry was ordered in ...

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