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. British Special Forces Pull Out Of Yemen

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Sky News understands they were airlifted from the capital Sana'a over the weekend. They had been operating in the country alongside US counterparts, who have now also been withdrawn. US forces evacuated al ...

  2. Special Forces Pull Out Of Yemen Over Security

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Sky News understands they were airlifted from the capital Sana'a over the weekend. They had been operating in the country alongside US counterparts, who have now also been withdrawn. More follows... This article ...

  3. Military Families 'Swept Under The Carpet'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A letter sent to the leaders of the main political parties by some 60 families said they had been "swept under the carpet" and asked for five pledges in their election manifestos. Among their ...

  4. North Korea 'Prepared' To Fire Nuclear Missile

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. In a rare interview, the senior official told us North Korea has nuclear weapons and is ready to use them. "We are prepared," he said. "That is why I say if a sparkle of ...

  5. North Korea: Defectors Are 'Human Scum'

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. In a rare interview, the senior official hit out at allegations made against his country days after the United Nations launched yet another investigation into North Korea's human rights record. The diplomat was ...

  6. Service Marks End Of Afghanistan Conflict

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Veterans of the campaign as well as next of kin of the 453 service personnel killed in the war attended the special service at St Paul's Cathedral in London. They were joined by ...

  7. Service To Mark End Of Afghanistan Conflict

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. Veterans of the campaign as well as next of kin of the 453 service personnel killed in the 13-year war are attending the service. They will be joined by the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh ...

  8. DUP: Future Coalition Must Commit On Defence

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The Northern Ireland party has set the red line as part of its national strategy in the event of a hung parliament. "We are very clear, whether it be Labour or Conservative, that we ...

  9. France Overtakes Britain In IS Air Campaign

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. The UK government has long claimed that position but since the arrival of French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Gulf last month, the French are putting up more planes on more sorties ...

  10. Defence Cuts Could Put 30,000 Jobs At Risk

    Posted by - Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. A report published by the think tank Royal United Services Institute predicts the UK defence budget will fall to 1.95% of GDP - below the NATO minimum of 2%. It warned that up to ...

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