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. Cantlie Video: New Tactic From Islamic State

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. It is surreal and it represents a new tactic from Islamic State. As we have come to expect from this organisation, it is professionally filmed, and from a number of camera angles. There are ...

  2. Plot Suggests Grip Of Extremists Is Widening

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A suspected terrorist being questioned in a police station might refuse to confirm so much as their name. Leaving them free, but keeping a tight watch on them, could expose their wider contacts and ...

  3. Nato Leaders To Unveil Tough Russia Sanctions

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The United States and European Union will announce a new round of co-ordinated economic sanctions against Russia, US and British government sources have reported. As talks continue in an effort to achieve a ceasefire ...

  4. Will Britain Bomb Islamic State Targets?

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. In short, I think it's now looking probable. The language the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and others are using, suggests so. But before it happens, two conditions have to be met: 1. This ...

  5. Nato Leaders Ready Tough New Russia Sanctions

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The United States and European Union are due to announce a new round of co-ordinated economic sanctions against Russia, US and British government sources have reported. These are set to include restrictions on some ...

  6. Nato To Discuss Response To Iraq And Ukraine

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The 28 heads of Nato states will be joined by a further 27 leaders from partner countries and heads of world bodies including the UN, EU, IMF and World Bank. The two days will ...

  7. Vast Security Operation 'Ismay' For Nato Summit

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A 12-mile "ring of steel" encircles the Celtic Manor Resort as 9ft-high fencing sections off parts of Cardiff and Newport. World leaders including US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are ...

  8. Nato Summit: Ukraine Crisis To Top The Agenda

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Some 61 heads of state are expected to gather at The Celtic Manor Resort outside Newport, with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine set to top the agenda of discussions. Leaders will be joined by ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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