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. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Sydney Cafe Hostages: How Negotiations Work

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. In practice, each hostage situation is unique. The number of hostage-takers changes, their motives differ, the methods vary and so on. It is always tense and always unpredictable. The person or persons at the ...

  5. Hundreds Of British Troops To Be Sent To Iraq

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. They will make up a training mission to assist the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga. The soldiers - expected to number a few hundred - will go to the region "within weeks" senior military sources have ...

  6. Britain Beefs Up Military Might In Bahrain

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The move signals a marked expansion of the Royal Navy presence in the region. The UK already has four minehunters permanently based at the Mina Salman Port, but the plans will see the existing ...

  7. Lee Rigby: MI5 Under Scrutiny In New Report

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The inquiry, carried out by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), will conclude the terrorist attack last May was random and largely unpreventable. However, it will highlight some areas where the security services ...

  8. MI5 Spared Major Criticism Over Rigby Killing

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A report by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee is expected to largely clear MI5 of serious failings but highlight some areas where the security service could have performed better. The report will be ...

  9. NATO's Cyber War Games Amid Surge In Attacks

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. On average the military organisation is the victim of five major cyber attacks each week and that has increased "significantly" since Russian aggression in Ukraine started. The figures were published as NATO carried out ...

  10. UK's Show Of Force Against Russian Aggression

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Working alongside Polish counterparts, they've carried out live fire exercises and tactical training. In a highly symbolic image, Challenger Tanks and Warrior armoured fighting vehicles have been on manoeuvres on the plains of ...

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