Gamal Fahnbulleh
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Gamal is a presenter for Sky News and has covered a range of stories for the network. He was one of the first reporters at the violent scenes of student unrest outside the Conservative Party Headquarters in November 2010.

He also reported live, in one night, from both Manchester and Liverpool, as violence spread during the riots in August 2011.

Gamal has also worked for ITV Breakfast as the Northern based Correspondent for Good Morning Britain (formerly Daybreak) where he led a team including a Camera Operator, Communication Link Engineer and Sound Engineer to deliver quality material against tight deadlines at live locations. He has also worked for ITN.

His TV Career began at ITV Granada – ITV’s regional news for the North West – where he was a presenter and reporter. During his time there he worked extensively with the British Army and during the summer of 2010 he was embedded with the First Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment during a six month tour of Afghanistan.

After graduating with a BA Honours from Manchester University in Politics and History he went on to do a Masters Degree in International Politics before enrolling on a postgraduate diploma course in Broadcast Journalism at City University.

Nazaneen Ghaffar
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Nazaneen is a Sky News Weather Forecaster and Presenter, on the channel’s daily breakfast show, Sunrise.

As well as presenting regular live weather bulletins through Sunrise, Nazaneen also records weather updates for the Sky News On Demand service, the iPad and iPhone app, www.skynews.com and Heathrow express.

She can also be seen on Sky Sports News providing weather forecasts during the F1 season, and she records daily weather bulletins for children on www.firstnews.co.uk

Nazaneen was interested in weather from a very young age and used to practice presenting forecasts to her parents by reading Ceefax out loud from the TV screen.

However, Nazaneen’s real passion for the weather started in her teens when she spent time at the BBC Weather Centre. It was then she knew she wanted to pursue a career in weather presenting.

By 20 years old she was training as a weather forecaster with the Met Office while also presenting the weather for ITV.

From there she moved to the BBC where she was nominated at the Royal Television Society awards for Newcomer of the year.

In 2010 Sky News asked her to join their breakfast team where she has loved working ever since.

Her continued enthusiasm and knowledge of the weather was also recognised in 2017 when she was nominated as Weather Presenter of the year at the Television and Radio Industry Club awards in London.

Nazaneen is a big fan of Robbie Williams who once pulled her up on stage to sing with him on live TV. She also loves eating out with friends and taking part in pub quizzes.

Nazaneen is actively on Twitter, where you can follow her @SkyNewsNaz.

Sophy Ridge
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Sophy Ridge is a Sky News presenter, fronting the flagship show Ridge on Sunday. Her first interview on the show was with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Previously she was a presenter on Sky News Tonight and Senior Political Correspondent for the channel based in Westminster.

While covering politics Sophy exclusively broke the news that Jeremy Corbyn had won the Labour leadership contest in 2015 and that Ed Miliband would resign as leader of the Labour Party after the 2015 election result.

Since joining Sky News, Sophy has interviewed politicians from David Cameron to Theresa May and broadcast from countries including Afghanistan, the U.S. and Brazil.

Previously to joining Sky News in 2011, she worked for the News of the World focusing on political, business and consumer stories.

Sophy has won numerous journalism awards including broadcaster of the year at the Words by Women Awards in 2016, the MHP 30 Under 30 Gold Award, and was shortlisted as Young Journalist of the Year in the Royal Television Society awards in 2013.

She is a keen contributor to the Sky News website and iPad app and enjoys using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to widen the news provider's audience.

In 2017 Sophy published The Women Who Shaped Politics, a book on the history of women in Westminster, featuring interviews with leading female politicians including the Prime Minister.

Dermot Murnaghan
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Dermot Murnaghan presents Sky News Tonight at Sky's Westminster studio from 7pm-9pm from Monday to Thursday.

He presented a weekly agenda-setting news programme with an emphasis on sharp opinion, Murnaghan, until December 2016.

Since joining Sky News in 2008, Dermot has covered many Budgets, three General Elections, the Scottish Independence Referendum and the EU referendum, as well as three US elections. He has conducted hundreds of high profile interviews with the likes of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Elton John!.

Dermot joined Sky news from the BBC where he presented BBC Breakfast from 2002., when it became the UK’s most watched breakfast programme. During this time he also presented Eggheads and Treasure Hunt for the BBC.

Before joining the BBC he spent more than a decade presenting ITV's national news bulletins from London, where he memorably broke the news overnight that Diana, Princess of Wales, had died in Paris. He also presented the network’s flagship current affairs programme, The Big Story from 1993 to 1997.

In 2000 Dermot won the prestigious Newscaster of the Year award from the Television & Radio Industries Club (TRIC) and in 1999 the Royal Television Society's Interviewer of The Year Award for his interview with Peter Mandelson over the Geoffrey Robinson loan affair. This resulted in Mandelson's resignation from the Cabinet.

Dermot is a keen cyclist and is an Arsenal football fan.

Ian King
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Ian King joined Sky News as Business Presenter in April 2014. His show, Ian King Live, is broadcast live from the News Building, with its stunning backdrop of the City of London, at 6.30pm Monday to Thursday and sees Ian interview the biggest names in business, finance and economics. Ian regularly appears on Sky News throughout the day to offer commentary and analysis on breaking news stories and contributes daily to the Sky News website. During the last four years, Ian has interviewed two-thirds of the FTSE-100’s chief executives and several prime ministers from around the world.

Ian has been a business journalist for national newspapers and on television for nearly 25 years. His career in business journalism began at the Daily Telegraph, after which he worked on the business desks of both The Guardian and the Mail on Sunday. He then became Business Editor of The Sun, during which time he was named Business Journalist of the Year at the 2005 UK Press Awards and Business Journalist of the Year in the 2007 London Press Club Awards, as well as being nominated for numerous other awards.

In 2008, Ian joined The Times as Deputy Business Editor, before becoming Business & City Editor at the beginning of 2011. The department was named Business Team of the Year at the 2012 UK Press Awards. Unusually for a business journalist, Ian also has practical experience of the City, having worked for more than three years as a business analyst for Midland Bank Group.

Brought up in Bristol and in Devon, Ian has a degree in History from the University of Manchester, where he also served as full-time editor of the student union newspaper, Mancunion. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University. Married with three children, he lives in London.

Alex Crawford
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An unprecedented five times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award, plus a BAFTA and multiple Emmy award winner as well as a recipient of the Queen's Order of the British Empire (OBE) Alex Crawford has been described as Britain's most decorated journalist. She is Special Correspondent for Sky News. Based in Istanbul, Alex reports from across the continent and is deployed to big stories around the world.

Formerly based in both Sky’s Dubai, Delhi and most recently Johannesburg bureau, Alex has reported on the events in Africa, South Asia, the Gulf and the Middle East including covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.

Alex and her crew (Martin Smith and Neville Lazarus) were the first people to independently access Myanmar’s Rakhine State to get first-hand evidence of what the UN called ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingya. Their report led to an emergency debate in the European Parliament and prompted the Prime Minister to call for further preventative measures.

Alex was also the first reporter to broadcast live from Tripoli's Green Square as rebel forces took over the Libyan capital. Arriving in Tripoli on the back of a truck with a rebel convoy, Alex’s reports were broadcast to the world via a manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into a cigarette lighter charger.

Alex and her team were the only journalists to get inside the besieged Libyan town of Zawiyah when it was being attacked by pro-Gaddafi forces. It was this report that was credited with largely being responsible for the UN agreement to a no-fly zone over Libya.

She and her team received the prestigious Emmy award for coverage of the migrant crisis when Alex and her cameraman Garwen McLuckie crossed the Aegean Sea in a flimsy dinghy along with migrants. Alex won a previous Emmy for her coverage of the Taliban insurgency in Pakistan.

She and her team also won the British Academy for Film and Television Award (BAFTA), the highest U.K. TV accolade, for their coverage of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

As well as the BAFTA win, she has been nominated four other times by BAFTA - for her Mumbai reporting (2009), Pakistan - the Frontline of Terror (2010), Libyan Rebel Convoy (2012) and the Migrant Crisis (2016).

She was based in Africa since late 2011 and her work has included covering the international intervention in Mali, becoming the first international journalist into the ancient town of Timbuctu; the hunt for Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon; the spread of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as well as rhino poaching in South Africa. She has recently moved to be based in Istanbul.

During her thirty year career as a journalist, Alex has been arrested; detained, abducted, interrogated and faced live bullets, tear-gassing, rubber bullets, IEDs, and mortar shells.

When based in Asia, Alex was responsible for covering stories in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Following her reports on the Mumbai terror attacks from outside the Taj Hotel in November 2008, coming under fire live on air, Sky News was shortlisted for a BAFTA and won the coveted international Golden Nymph award for News Coverage.

Her work has been recognised worldwide including by the Foreign Press Association in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and she won the FPA award in 2011 for her reporting in Libya.

She has been cited in the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards for her reports from hostile environments every year since 2007 and won two awards in 2011 - Best news coverage and the Judges' award for her coverage of the Arab Spring.

In December 2010 she was named Woman Journalist of the Year by Women in Film and Television for her work in Afghanistan, and the following year became the only woman to win a second accolade from the Women in Film and Television when she was awarded Best Achievement in 2011 for her reporting from Tripoli.

In October 2011 Alex was awarded the James Cameron Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to journalism. She is also the recipient of the Charles Wheeler award for journalism.

In June 2014, she won an unprecedented fifth Golden Nymph award, the highest accolade from the Monte Carlo Film Festival for her coverage of the conflict in the Central African Republic. Previous wins included her reporting the year before of the South African Marikana Mines Massacre (2013), the Fall of Tripoli (2012); Battle for Zawiyah (2011) and the Mumbai Terror attacks (2009).

The prestigious London Press Club made her Broadcasting Journalist of the Year in 2011 for her coverage of the Arab Spring.

And in June 2012, the University of Arts, London awarded her an honorary doctorate.

The Royal Television Society judges said they "recognised the extraordinary achievement of not only Alex Crawford but also her team in getting unique access to the frontline in Libya – in particular capturing the first proof that Ghaddafi was attacking his own people. It was brave, vivid conflict reporting of the highest order: compelling viewing on a story of major importance.”

She is married to fellow journalist Richard Edmondson and they have four children.

Kay Burley
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Kay Burley is the longest-serving newsreader on British television and has presented more live TV than anyone else in the world. She presently hosts Sky News weekdays from 3-6.30pm, and has covered some of the world's biggest news stories. They include presidential and general elections, natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. Kay was part of the team that won a BAFTA for Sky News coverage on 9/11. She travelled to Paris to report on the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, and closer to home, was on location for the Manchester Arena attack along with Westminster Bridge and Borough Market. On a lighter note, she is known for spending days outside the Lindo Wing waiting for the arrival of Prince George.

Kay was named the London Press Club's broadcast journalist of the year in 2018.

Kay began her career on the Evening Post and Chronicle in Wigan in 1978 before working in local radio and television in the north west and north east. She joined TV-am in 1985 as a reporter and breakfast TV presenter. She joined Sky News in 1988 helping launch the channel three months later.

After almost 30 years with Sky News she considers travelling to Washington to interview Hillary Clinton on International Women’s Day as a stand-out moment.

Kay is a proud ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation and the RSPCA. Her novels “First Ladies” and "Betrayal" have been published by Harper Collins.

Alistair Bunkall
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Alistair Bunkall is Sky News Defence Correspondent. He has reported on the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and South Sudan. He has also reported from North Korea and is known for his access into some of the UK's most secretive establishments including the nuclear deterrent, covert drone base and intelligence agencies. Bunkall has interviewed key world figures including Prime Ministers, NATO Secretary Generals, leading diplomats and military officers.

In 2014 he was deployed to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to report on the multi-national humanitarian relief effort. He has also reported from Sudan in the run-up to the crucial elections leading up to Independence, and on the Norwegian twin terror attacks in early 2011.

Alistair has given evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee on security threats to the UK and the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea.

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.

You can follow Alistair on Twitter at @AliBunkallSKY

Darren McCaffrey
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Darren McCaffrey is Ireland Correspondent with Sky News working alongside long-standing Senior Ireland Correspondent, David Blevins, to cover news across the country.

Originally from Fermanagh, Darren has been with Sky News for nine years and has covered politics for the past eight, including a stint in Brussels post the Brexit result.

Previously based in Westminster, Darren has worked on three UK general elections, three referendum campaigns and covered the coalition government. His award winning journalism has been particularly impactful with online and mobile content and he was recently named Ireland’s most influential news journalist on Twitter in an index compiled by public relations firm Murray.

Martin Brunt
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Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt covers crime stories worldwide and has broken exclusive news stories through his extensive network of contacts. He has been with Sky News since the beginning in 1989.

Martin was first to report the arrest of Amy Winehouse, the resignation of Sir Ian Blair, and was the first to interview Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat, he has also covered both the First Gulf War and the Balkan Wars. Martin’s contacts led to Sky News being first to report that the July 7 events in London were the work of terrorists and allowed Sky News to break the news of the death of the Queen Mother. He broke the news of the Hatton Garden diamond heist, exposed Most Wanted fraudster Mark Acklom and spent months in South Africa covering the trial of Oscar Pistorius. During the Ipswich murders, a Suffolk Police Press Officer remarked to another journalist, as reported in the Times: ‘Call Martin Brunt. He knows everything before we do.’

Martin has travelled to the Philippines to investigate those trading in dog flesh, to South Africa to investigate the murder enquiry that began after a boy’s torso was found in the River Thames in 2001 and to Cambodia on the hunt for British paedophiles. 2010 saw Martin invited to Brazil where he was the first journalist to address Interpol’s annual fugitives’ conference and in 2011, from Lithuania, Martin covered the trial of Michael Campbell, a member of the Real IRA who was jailed for 12 years after buying weapons and explosives.

Enda Brady
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Enda Brady is a Sky News correspondent who joined the channel from ITV in 2005.

His recent work has taken him across Europe, taking in terror attacks in France and Belgium, the migrant crisis in Italy and the FIFA corruption scandals in Switzerland.

In 2016 he made ‘Chris Froome: The Man, The Champion’ for Sky News, in the week Froome made history by winning the Tour de France for a third time.

Enda’s list of previous interviewees includes Angelina Jolie, David Beckham and Tiger Woods. He is a former BT Young Journalist of the Year, a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire and has 100wpm Teeline shorthand.

He speaks fluent Irish, Italian and French and has run 17 marathons so far. He will be running 5 Ultra Marathonrs in 5 days across Kenya in Summer 2018.

He is also a proud ambassador for The Eve Appeal, helping the fight against women’s cancers.

Enda is originally from Enniscorthy, County Wexford in Ireland.

David Bowden
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David Bowden is a multi-award winning journalist based in London. As a Senior Correspondent he has been an integral part of many of Sky News’ biggest stories over recent years. His live reporting of one of the early battles of the 2003 war in Iraq was a world first and was simulcast by TV stations across the globe, prompting one experienced commentator to write that it would “ go down in the annals of TV history”.

More recently David was mobbed on the streets of Harare as Zimbabwe celebrated the end of 4 decades of dictatorship by Robert Mugabe, in the euphoria one wag asked on Twitter whether David was the new president of Zimbabwe.

At the height of the BHS pensions scandal, David, was the only reporter to track down and question Sir Philip Green on his mega yacht about his handling of the affair, which led Sir Philip to threaten to throw correspondent and cameraman in the sea, an rts nomination and front page headlines back home.

David also secured an exclusive interview with one of the first firefighters into Grenfell tower, an absorbing first hand account of the helplessness of watching people die in the inferno which was also an integral part of Sky News RTS award winning submission for news channel of the year in 2017

David has covered stories both at home and abroad in more than 2 decades at sky regularly reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq as well as covering wars in Lebanon, Gaza and the Balkans. He was in Paris to cover the death of Princess Diana, in New York for 9/11, London for the 7/7 bombings and Indonesia for the Tsunami. He has also reported extensively from Africa , the Middle East , United States and Russia as well as stories in China, India, the US, Japan, Europe and Northern Ireland.

David has twice won Medals at the New York Festivals and has been shortlisted for the Bayeux War Correspondent award and the MDGs One World Media award for Saminou, a Life and Death. He is also a former Industrial Society Journalist of the year.

David Blevins
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David is Sky News’ Senior Ireland Correspondent. He entered this role in 1996 and since then, has reported from 10 different countries worldwide, has been nominated for an RTS Award for his coverage of the Omagh bombing (1998) and has won commendation from both sides of the political divide in Northern Ireland for his balanced and impartial journalism.

David reported the brokering of The Good Friday Agreement (1998), the decommissioning of IRA weapons (2005), the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland (2011) and more recently, how Brexit will affect the Irish border and the DUP’s role in the minority government at Westminster.

Prior to joining Sky, David worked as a reporter for various local and national newspapers and was a newsreader/reporter on Downtown Radio and Cool FM outside Belfast.

David is an accomplished pianist and has actively volunteered in East Africa many times. He lives in County Armagh with his wife and three children and also enjoys reading, cinema and walking in his spare time.

You can follow David on Twitter @skydavidblevins

Jacquie Beltrao
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Jacquie is a Sky News Sports presenter and provides sport round-ups twice an hour on Sky News Sunrise with Sarah-Jane Mee and Jonathan Samuels, as well as sports bulletins throughout the day.

Born in Dublin, Jacquie grew up in Coventry before going to Birmingham University to study Sports Science.

In 1984, Jacquie represented Britain in gymnastics at the Los Angeles Olympics.

As a junior reporter she interviewed David Beckham and Tim Henman before they were famous. Since then she has secured other big name interviews with British sportsmen such as Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Andrew Murray. Jacquie also covers Wimbledon and the US Open on location every year for Sky. She regularly interviews Anthony Joshua and more recently Conor McGregor

Jacquie lives with her husband and three children in south-west London. They were joined by a rescue dog, Maddie, after she appeared as a guest on Sky News on behalf of the Dogs Trust.

Jacquie is a serial home renovator and has done up and sold several houses. She also enjoys spending time at her holiday home in Rio de Janeiro! She has two rescue dogs called Maddie and Ted. As a breast cancer survivor, Jacquie does a lot of ambassadorial work for several breast cancer charities.

Cordelia Lynch
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Cordelia Lynch is an RTS award winning journalist and is currently US Correspondent for Sky News. As part of her coverage of the 2016 US election, she reported from 42 states in a year, following both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns. Her coverage has won a number of awards at the New York Film Festival and the White House News Photographers’ Association. She has reported on the border crisis in Mexico, opioid addiction in Kentucky, gangs in Chicago, human rights abuses in Cuba, a nuclear weapons site in Wyoming, the rise of Neo-Nazis in America, four mass shootings, hurricanes and inside MS13 in Long Island and El Salvador.

Cordelia has secured international exclusives with Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, a former Trump Campaign aide discussing Robert Mueller’s investigation and with the State Department on the Rohingya crisis. She has also fronted two documentaries for Sky Atlantic. Her coverage of America led to a weekly column for the Metro newspaper and pieces for Grazia magazine and the Evening Standard.

In her previous role as Correspondent for Channel 4 News, Cordelia produced award nominated coverage from around the world, including the terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, inside a white supremacy group and on the frontline of the migrant crisis in Macedonia. In the UK, she was a Political Reporter and News Correspondent and produced a series of investigative exclusives picked up by national press on MI5, child grooming, FGM and deaths in custody. Her reports on LGBT asylum seekers resulted in a change of policy at the Home Office. Days after her exclusive on Silk Road, the FBI shut down the black market website.

Cordelia was previously a presenter for ITV West country, where she started as an ITV News trainee. She won RTS Newcomer of the Year and RTS Feature of the Year, as well as contributing to a number of award winning programmes.

Gary Neville
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Gary is a Sky Sports football analyst providing insight and expert opinion across coverage of the Premier League and Carabao Cup. He appears alongside Jamie Carragher and David Jones in the Monday Night Football studio throughout the season, as well as analysing and co-commentating on many Super Sunday fixtures. Since joining Sky Sports, Gary has made a name for himself in the world of TV punditry winning the Best Sports Pundit award at the 2014 Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

Gary joined Sky Sports in 2011 following his retirement from Manchester United Football Club where he enjoyed his 19-year long playing career. The former captain and defender won 15 major trophies with the Red Devils in 602 appearances. Gary also has 85 international caps to his name, making him the most capped right-back for England.

Described by Sir Alex Ferguson as “the best right-back of his generation”, Neville was part of the United squad which won the FA Youth Cup in 1992 alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

Gary’s lifelong motto is ‘Attack the day’ and as a result, his work commitments don’t stop with Sky Sports. Gary was appointed England Coach by Roy Hodgson in 2012 and he co-owns a football-themed restaurant and hotel with fellow Manchester United star Ryan Giggs. Gary also is a partner at property consulting firm Zerum.

Jamie Carragher
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Jamie is a Sky Sports football analyst providing insight and expert opinion across coverage of the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

He appears alongside Gary Neville and David Jones in the Monday Night Football studio throughout the season, as well as travelling the length of the country to give analysis on Super Sunday fixtures.

Jamie joined Sky Sports in 2013 fresh from the Liverpool Football Club dressing room where he spent his entire playing career. He made 734 appearances for the Reds, winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups. Jamie is only the second player to reach the landmark of 500 Premier League appearances for one club and is Liverpool Football Club’s longest serving player. Jamie also enjoyed playing for England and has 38 international caps to his name.

Away from broadcasting Jamie has set up a children’s football coaching programme, Jamie Carragher International Soccer Schools, which delivers sessions to children of all ages.

Jamie Redknapp
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Jamie is a Sky Sports football analyst providing insight and expert opinion across coverage of the Premier League, Carabao Cup and European qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2020.

Jamie joined Sky Sports in 2005 following his retirement from playing football. During his playing career, Jamie was a midfielder for Bournemouth, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and finally Southampton. He also has 17 international caps for England and one goal for the Three Lions to his name.

Jamie comes from a well-known footballing family; his father Harry has managed a range of clubs in the Premier League including Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and QPR.

Away from football, Jamie is a team-captain on Sky 1’s popular TV show A League of Their Own. He also enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Jeff Stelling
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Jeff Stelling is best known as the anchor on Gillette Soccer Saturday, the landmark football institution that stretches across six hours of the game’s busiest day with a much celebrated (and imitated) mix of features, reports, informed studio opinion, lively banter and the fastest results service anywhere.

Jeff has also presented a range of live events on Sky Sports, dating back to the channel’s birth in 1992.

An experienced journalist and broadcaster, Jeff’s media career began nearly 40 years ago as a news reporter at his local paper, the Hartlepool Mail. A move to Radio Tees led to the role of reporter on local club Middlesbrough and the beginning of a radio career that took Jeff to two Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988). After joining TV AM as a member of the sports team in 1988, he moved to BSB in 1990 and after a brief period at Channel 4 he began a long association with Sky Sports that has included presenting live darts, snooker, greyhound and horse racing.

In his limited leisure time, Jeff can be found following the fortunes of Hartlepool United.

Hannah Thomas-Peter
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Hannah Thomas-Peter is an award winning US correspondent for Sky News, based in New York . She has covered a whole range of big stories across America, including following Donald Trump as he campaigned around the country, and reporting live from his victory rally as he stunned the nation. Hannah has done in-depth work on the changing nature of America, including the rise of radical resistance movements, the emboldened far right, and the opioid drugs crisis. She also regularly covers high profile stories ranging from hurricanes, mass shootings and terror attacks to machinations in Wall Street and at the UN.

Her long form work includes documentaries on America’s growing sex trafficking problem, which won a bronze medal at the New York Festivals International Television and Film awards. In summer 2017 Hannah also took part in a month long round-Britain sailing expedition to make a documentary examining the problem of ocean plastics.

Hannah set up and established Sky’s first New York operation; initially as a pioneering, rapid-response team that used the latest technology to cover breaking news in America’s largest city, and later as a fully functioning bureau capable of delivering all the high quality content that the modern 24 hour digital landscape demands.

Prior to her appointment as New York and then US correspondent, Hannah held the position of US reporter and was previously a Sky News producer. Based in London she worked as Adam Boulton's producer during the 2010 UK general election coverage, which included working on the first live televised debate. In 2009 she was named Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year and listed in Broadcast Magazine’s top 50 under thirties in the UK TV industry.

You can follow Hannah on Twitter at @HannahTPSky or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hannahthomaspeter/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Jon Montague
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Jon is Head of Comedy at Sky where he commissions and executive produces scripted comedy for SkyOne, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts.

His credits for Sky1 include, amongst others, Idris Elba’s ‘In The Long Run’, Stella (Ruth Jones), ‘Ratburger’ (David Walliams), ‘Reluctant Landlord’ (Romesh Ranganathan) and ‘Sick of It’ (Karl Pilkington). On Sky Atlantic his credits include the Bafta Award winning Alan Partridge: Scissored Isle (Steve Coogan) and Camping (Julia Davis). For Sky Arts he commissioned and exec’d the acclaimed ‘Urban Myths’ (Gemma Arterton, Steve Pemberton, Rupert Grint), ‘A Young Doctors Notebook’ (Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm) and ‘Nixon’s the One’ (Harry Shearer). Jon also execs the Sky Comedy Shorts– On Demand short form films that have featured Jason Manford, Ross Noble, James Acaster, Katherine Ryan and a host of diverse and emerging comedy talent.

Prior to Sky Jon was Head of Comedy at BBC Comedy North where he launched the BBC’s comedy operation at Salford Quays leading a team of producers who scored a number of hit shows out of the north of England. He has worked as a producer with various Indies and also for BBC Radio Comedy.

He is a member of BAFTA’s TV Committee.

Zai Bennett
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Zai Bennett was appointed as Director of Programmes for Sky UK in November 2016 with a brief that includes responsibility for the editorial direction and output of Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts as well as Sky’s FTA channels. With his commissioning team Zai is responsible for Sky’s original programming with dramas like Melrose, Save Me and Bulletproof, comedies like Sick Of It, In the Long Run and Bounty Hunters and entertainment formats like Loot, Carnage and Faster.

Before this he was Director of Sky Atlantic where his remit included overseeing an enviable slate of US content, including Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Affair, Silicon Valley and Veep as well as looking after the channel’s home-grown slate of programming including high profile dramas such as Fortitude, Penny Dreadful, Tin Star, Guerrilla, The Tunnel and Riviera.

Prior to this, he was Controller of BBC Three for three years, and in that time helped the channel overtake Channel 4 for the young adult 16-24yr audience. Under his direction, BBC Three won six Baftas in the three years including Life and Death Row, In The Flesh andThe Revolution Will Be Televised. Other highlights include record breaking comedies Bad Education, Cuckoo, People Just Do Nothing, Murder in Successville and Uncle, popular factual hits the Call Centre and Hair as well as landmark multi-genre seasons on Crime and Mental Health. Prior to joining the BBC, Bennett spent 12 years at ITV where he was part of the launch team for ITV2, 3 and 4. As Controller of ITV2 and then Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions he transformed ITV2 with commissions including The Only Way is Essex, Secret Diary of A Call Girl and Celebrity Juice. He also concluded major acquisitions deals for all the channels including the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises.

He was Advisory Chair for the 40th Guardian International Television Festival in 2015 and remains on the executive committee of the festival.

Lucy Murphy
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Lucy was appointed Sky’s first Head of Kids Content in 2015. She is responsible for Sky’s on demand kids content across all platforms, a library of 5,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the continued development of the successful Sky Kids App. Recent commissions have included a new series of Morph from Aardman Animation and Aliens Love Underpants and…from Tiger Aspect.

Lucy has over 20 years of experience in producing and developing shows for children’s and family audiences. As a Producer, Script Editor and Development Executive, Lucy has worked for a diverse slate of clients from small indies to major international media groups on shows ranging from The Gruffalo to Aardman’s BAFTA and Guinness World Record-holding Tate Movie Project . Prior to joining Sky Lucy was Creative Director and Head of Content at Azoomee, a kids SVOD service. Lucy also lead the writing team and exec produced 78 episodes of hit CBeebies show Bing Bunny for Acamar Films.

Ian Lewis
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Ian is Group Director of Sky Cinema responsible for Sky’s subscription movies proposition across all of Sky’s markets .

In January 2018 Ian launched ‘Sky Cinema Original Films’ a strategy close to his heart which sees brand new movies available to Sky Cinema customers on the same day as cinema release.

In July 2016 Ian orchestrated the relaunch of what was Sky Movies into Sky Cinema – introducing a premiere a day, the latest blockbusters closer to cinema release, even more movies on demand and improved HD and sound quality.

Previously, Ian was Director of Sky Movies & Acquisitions where over ten years he drove the development of the multi-platform movies service. This included a multitude of new products, offering customers an improved viewing experience and flexibility over what, how and when they watched, including On Demand, on the move with Sky Go and the Sky Movies app, the launch of Now TV with the Sky Movies pass, the introduction of 3D movies via Sky 3D and a major revamp of Sky’s pay per view offering with the launch of Sky Store.

Prior to that Ian was Director of Broadcasting, with a wide and varied brief across Sky's Entertainment channels. The role involved overseeing Sky's multi-platform programme schedules, Sky's in-house creative agency, promotional media planning and compliance teams and working on most of Sky’s platform launches including High Definition, VOD and Mobile TV.

Ian joined BSkyB in 1999 as Head of Promotion Strategy, overseeing the company's on air promotion, before becoming Director of Schedules & Promotion in 2002 charged with working with the various Sky channel teams to develop an effective Network programme schedule strategy.

Ian started his career at BSB Dorland as a TV buyer in 1987. 12 months later, Saatchis had merged their media planning & buying teams (including BSB Dorland’s) to create Zenith Media and Ian became one of the company's original employees. He remained at Zenith for 11 years, rising through the ranks of the TV department, eventually becoming one of the Managing Partners of the UK operation.

Phil Edgar-Jones
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Phil Edgar-Jones is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of the UK’s only dedicated arts channels, broadcasting 24 hours of content a day. He joined Sky as Head of Entertainment in 2012 and was appointed the Director of Sky Arts in 2014. He oversees all entertainment series in production across Sky’s channels – Sky 1 HD, Sky Living HD, Sky Atlantic, HD, Sky Arts HD and Sky Movies, and it was in this role that he commissioned a wealth of successful programmes for Sky Arts including Portrait Artist of the Year, Brian Johnson’s Life on the Road; Tate Britain’s Art Walks, Treasures of the British Library, The Glyndebourne Opera Cup and many more; and for Sky 1 his team looks after A League of their Own; The Russel Howard Hour; Revolution; Carnage and Lott among others.

Before Sky, Edgar-Jones worked as Creative Director of Running Bare, where he exec produced Very Important People with Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, as well as a host of other projects with talent in the John Noel stable.

Prior to that, Edgar-Jones was Creative Director of Remarkable Pictures (part of Endemol UK) where he oversaw Big Brother during its Chanel 4 years and a number of entertainment projects including the first constructed reality show in the UK, The Salon, Space Cadets, Shattered and Seven Days on the Breadline.

Edgar-Jones’ credits also include Ginger TV (Exec Producer, The Priory); Absolutely (exec Producing The Jack Docherty Show and working alongside writers such as Mitchell and Webb, Armstrong and Bain, Cecil and Riley); and before that on The Big Breakfast, The Word and The Sunday Show (where he first met Stuart Murphy). One of his first jobs was as a writer for a Sky 1 show called Barry's Joy Pad featuring a then unknown performer called David Walliams.

Jamie Morris
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Jamie Morris is the Channel Editor of Sky Atlantic, one of the strongest channel brands in British Television. Sky Atlantic is the exclusive UK home to HBO and Showtime alongside Sky Original Drama commissions. Award winning US shows include Game of Thrones, Westworld, Big Little Lies, Ray Donovan and The Affair, as well as world-class original commissioned shows Save Me, Britannia , Fortitude and Tin Star, to name a few. Jamie also oversees scheduling for the wider entertainment portfolio, Sky One, Sky Living and Sky Arts.

Jamie joined Sky in 2014 and previously held the role Head of Scheduling for Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts, during which time he helped grow Sky Atlantic to a must have pay TV channel and helped Sky Arts to cement its role as the only dedicated Arts channel in the UK with an unrivalled On Demand proposition.

Prior to Sky, Jamie was Head of Scheduling for BBC Three where he was responsible for the long-term planning and scheduling strategy of the 16-34 network in one of the most successful periods in the channel’s history in terms of ratings and acclaim. Alongside this he was a key member of the editorial team who defined the programming strategy for the channel’s historic move online. Jamie also held the roles of Director of Channels and Head of Planning & Strategy at NBC Universal.

Anne Mensah
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Anne Mensah was appointed Head of Drama for the entertainment channels in 2011. Over the past seven years, Anne has led the growth of original drama on Sky including the critically acclaimed Enfield Haunting, Fortitude starring Michael Gambon and Dennis Quaid and Guerrilla, written and directed by Academy award winner John Ridley. She is also responsible for commissioning some of Sky’s biggest ever original commissions – such as Delicious with Dawn French and Emilia Fox, Riviera featuring Julia Stiles, Britannia starring David Morrissey and Kelly Reilly, Tin Star featuring Tim Roth and Save Me with Lennie James and Suranne Jones. Upcoming shows include Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Prior to joining Sky, Anne spent 10 years at the BBC where she was latterly Head of Independent Drama as well as Head of Drama for BBC Scotland. Whilst at the BBC, Anne commissioned and worked with the very best in British drama to produce an impressive array of hits across the BBC channels. This includes the multi award winning Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh; Waterloo Road; Case Histories starring Jason Issacs; Zen starring Rufus Sewell and God on Trial with Stephen Dillane, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgard and Sir Anthony Sher.

Cameron Roach
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Cameron began his career in broadcasting, working both at Sky Television and ITV, where he worked as part of the launch team for ITV2.

He subsequently moved into script and series editing on long-running drama series, before landing his first producing job on Series 6 of the hit prison drama Bad Girls for Shed Productions. He went on to produce two series of Footballers' Wives, and also developed and exec produced ITV2's first ever drama, Footballers' Wives: Extra Time, which ran for two series.

In 2007 Cameron moved to Kudos Productions to produce the International EMMY award-winning second series of Life on Mars, and in 2009 produced BBC2's critically acclaimed Moses Jones. Other recent credits include Silk, written by Peter Moffat and Young James Herriot, both for BBC1.

In 2011 Cameron was asked to oversee the move of Waterloo Road from Rochdale to Glasgow; as Executive Producer he worked on fifty episodes of the show. Cameron has worked in development for Tiger Aspect Productions, Shed Productions and for BBC Productions.

In 2013, Cameron joined Sky Drama as their senior commissioning editor, where he is currently Acting Head of Drama.  Since joining, he has overseen the production of a variety of dramas including Penny Dreadful, Fortitude and Critical.

Alastair Bruce
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Professor Alastair Bruce, OBE, is Sky News’ Royal, Religious and Constitutional Affairs Commentator. He has worked for Sky News for 21 years and has commentated on most big events, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Wedding, the Papal Visit in 2010, the funerals of the Queen Mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and Lady Thatcher.

Alastair also works in film and TV, recently working as Historical Advisor to Oscar winning films, like The King's Speech and The Young Victoria. He filled the same role for all five series of Downton Abbey. He has written many books, including The Oldest, published in October 2005. The 3rd Edition of his book Keepers of the Kingdom was published in 2012. He has worked with several independent production companies in the preparation of TV documentaries which are regularly aired on Public Broadcasting, Discovery and A&E channels. Among these are Nicholas and Alexandra, Victoria and Albert and Days of Majesty.

In 1998, The Queen appointed Alastair as one of her heralds, in the appointment called Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary, with some responsibility for the heraldry of Britain and its Royal Family. He also offers advice on how the nation should ‘celebrate’ itself. Alastair has been one of The Queen’s Body Guard in Scotland, the ‘Royal Company of Archers’, since 1990.

Alastair was a regular soldier for four years, seeing active service with the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards in the Falklands War of 1982. He is still a reserve officer, serving as the Colonel responsible for Reservists in London. In 2004 he took command of a reserve unit, the Media Operations Group, which handled the media representation of military activity. That same year, he completed his period of mobilised service on active operations in Iraq, serving in Operation TELIC. He will be appointed Assistant Commander of the 3rd UK Division in January 2015, in the rank of Brigadier.

Alastair has lectured widely in Britain, Europe and the United States. His subjects range from the last Tsars of Russia to Britain’s monarchy and the Vatican in Rome. In 2011, the University of Winchester appointed him Honorary Professor of Media.

Colin Brazier
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Colin Brazier is an Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated TV journalist who has been with Sky for two decades.

He has interviewed many senior figures in public life. In Libya, he conducted one of the final interviews given by dictator Colonel Gaddafi.

His other industry awards include a gold medal from the New York TV awards, for his reporting from Afghanistan.

The first British journalist to enter Iraq with coalition troops during the 2003 invasion, Colin’s documentary, Brothers in Baghdad, was later shortlisted at the Monte Carlo television festival. He was the first journalist to enter southern Lebanon with Israeli forces in 2006.

In recent years Colin has anchored Sky’s coverage of events including the Japanese tsunami, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Nepal earthquake, the Nairobi shopping mall massacre and the Paris terror attacks.

In 2014, at the Royal Television Society Awards, he was Sky’s sole nominee in the Presenter of the Year category.

In 2016, he won an Emmy in New York and a BAFTA nomination for his presentation of the migrant crisis in Europe. The Emmy Award judges specifically cited Colin’s live anchoring when rioting broke out on the Serbian/Hungarian border.

A former newspaper reporter and foreign correspondent, Colin has written extensively about family life. In 2013, his book Sticking Up For Siblings, based on his experiences as a father of no fewer than six children, won positive reviews in publications ranging from The Daily Telegraph to the Guardian.

An enthusiastic sportsman,Colin is a member of the Lord’s Taverners, a charity which aims to improve the fortunes of underprivileged young cricketers.

He has made several appearances as a newsreader in movies, including the Bourne Legacy, in 2012.

His wife, Joanna Roughton, is a former head of TV for Reuters in the Far East.

You can follow him on Twitter at @ColinBrazierSky

Adam Boulton
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Adam presents All Out Politics, weekdays from 10am – 11am, investigating what it means to leave the EU, interviewing political big hitters and asking the questions the public want answered. Adam has been at Sky News since the beginning. A pioneer of the innovative use of live analysis and pictures, it’s believed that he has spent more hours on television covering breaking stories than any other British television reporter. Adam has reported live from every continent except Antarctica, presenting specials from around the world. Adam hosted Sky News’ historic televised debate between the three party leaders ahead of the 2010 General Election. He also spent the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s Presidency reporting from the US and gained a UK exclusive broadcast interview during the President’s historic visit to Ghana. As Sky News' Political Editor, Adam also interviewed every British Prime Minister from David Cameron back to Sir Alec Douglas-Home, and international stars ranging from Jane Fonda and Jordan to Al Gore and Lech Walesa. His questioning of George W. Bush featured in the film “Taking Liberties”. Adam is a winner of the Royal Television Society’s supreme Judges’ Award and was elected 2007 Chairman of the Parliamentary Lobby. His former Sunday programme was voted “Current Affairs Show Of The Year.” Clive James described The Boulton Factor as “the best entertainment for grown-ups.” Adam is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Spectator, New Statesman, Independent, Sunday Express and Sunday Mirror, and has been a guest of programmes such as Celebrity Mastermind, Have I Got News For You, Newsnight and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. He has also published books, ‘Tony’s 10 years: Memories of the Blair Administration’ recounting the key moments of Tony Blair’s premiership and ‘Hung Together’ about the days after the 2010 General Election. Before Sky, Adam was Political Editor of TV-am. He has Masters degrees from Oxford and Johns Hopkins University. He is married to Anji Hunter; they have five children between them.
Anna Botting
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Anna Botting is an award winning Sky News Presenter. She has covered many major events both from the studio and in the field since joining Sky News in 1995, including the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the fall of Tripoli, the Japanese Tsunami and the insurgency in Iraq.

Anna currently presents the evening news from 9pm until midnight, including the popular Press Previews - with regular guests looking ahead to the next day’s papers.

In 2012 she covered the devastating Japanese Tsunami. Later that year she presented live from Tripoli, as Gaddafi’s forces fled the Libyan capital.

The coverage led to her nomination for RTS News Presenter of the Year – which she won, beating Channel 4’s Jon Snow and ITV’s Mark Austin. She had been nominated the previous year too, alongside the BBC’s David Dimbleby and Jon Snow. She is only the second woman to ever be awarded such an accolade.

In 2007 she presented live from Portugal on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and anchored Sky News’ ‘Inside Iraq’ week coverage live from Baghdad at the height of the insurgency.

In 2006 she spent two weeks covering the Lebanon war live from Israel and in 2005 covered the death of Pope John Paul II from both Poland and Rome.

From the studio, Anna was on air for both the ‘shock and awe’ bombing of Baghdad and the invasion of Iraq by American forces in 2003. After covering the Kosovo conflict, she was on air as Serbian leader Slobodan Milosovic was ousted from office.

She has been hosting Sky News’s evening coverage since 2007, after presenting in the studio with Jeremy Thompson and, for many years, Bob Friend.

Anna joined Sky as a reporter and during the 1997 election she shadowed Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown throughout the six week campaign.

Anna studied Geography at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, decided to pursue a career in journalism and worked for a year as a researcher for a social action show for Granada Television.

After taking a post-graduate journalism course at Cardiff University, where she gained a distinction, Anna left in 1991 to take up a job with BBC North as a reporter for Radio and TV, and became reporter-presenter for Look North before joining Sky News in 1995.

A keen rower at University, she took part in BBC 1’s The Other Boat Race. Twelve celebrities and former Oxbridge students trained and competed in their own version of the world’s most illustrious rowing event. Anna, captaining the Oxford crew, led her team to victory.

She spends much of her spare time hill walking - and has climbed Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua - the highest mountain in the Andes. She spends much of her time in the Lake District, in Cumbria. She has also turned her hand to ocean racing and completed the Fastnet race, after two years of race training. Future adventure ambitions have been put on hold, while she brings up her young daughter.

You can follow her on Twitter at @annabotting

Ewen Murray
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Ewen is a vital part of the Sky Sports golf commentary team. Born in the Edinburgh suburb of Currie, Ewen was a professional golfer before taking to commentary.

Ewen grew up around golf; his father was the club professional at Baberton so gave Ewen expert coaching from a young age. At 16 he won the Scottish Boys Championship, Scottish Boys Stroke Play and World Junior Championship. These results helped earn him a job as Assistant-Pro at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey.

Also a keen footballer, Ewen grew up playing for Currie Boys Club where he came up against future fellow Sky Sports analyst Graeme Souness. His footballing skills also enabled him to train with Crystal Palace to keep fit during the winter.

Ewen’s first commentary role came in 1990 at the Desert Classic in Dubai. He then commentated on the 1991and 1993 Ryder Cups before taking on commentary full time when he joined Sky Sports ahead of the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in New York.

David Livingstone
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David is the presenter for all golf coverage on Sky Sports.

Born just west of Glasgow, David studied journalism in Edinburgh before embarking on a 15 year career in newspapers. At the age of 19, he was a runner-up in the Scottish Young Journalist of the Year Award and later received a commendation in the British Press Awards for investigative journalism.

After leaving newspapers, David worked for Scottish Television before joining Sky in 1990. He worked on both Scottish and English football before becoming the Trackside Reporter in Sky's first season of the Premier League, famously conducting a memorable interview with Brian Clough after the opening game of the season.

In January 1993 he introduced the first American tournament of Sky's PGA Tour golf coverage and he's been presenting golf from both the USA and Europe ever since.

Martin Brundle
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Martin has been ‘the voice of Formula 1’ since 1997 when he retired as a driver and began commentating on TV coverage of Formula 1. Since joining Sky ahead of the 2012 season, Martin has delivered critical analysis as well as expert punditry and commentary for Sky’s award-winning 2012 and 2013 F1 coverage on the world’s first channel dedicated to Formula 1, Sky Sports F1.

Born in Kings Lynn, Martin’s first foray into motor-racing was in grass track cars and hot rods. He burst onto the motorsport scene in British Formula 3, achieving five pole positions and two wins in his debut season, and the following season was involved in an exciting championship battle with Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna.

Both Martin and Ayrton were promoted to Formula 1 in 1984. After a few seasons, Martin entered the World Sportscar Championship in 1988, claiming the world title with Jaguar before winning the Le Mans 24 hour race two years later. He then joined Benetton F1 team in 1992 as Michael Schumacher’s team-mate.

During his career of 158 Grand Prix starts, Martin achieved 9 podiums and scored a total of 98 championship points, with a best championship finish of 6th in 1992.

Following his departure from F1, Martin stepped into the world of media. He famously said that his motor-racing career turned out to have been a fact-finding mission for his TV work. Eighteen seasons, 7 RTS awards three team Baftas later, well-known for his commentary and his famous pre-race grid walks, Martin is a core member of the Sky F1 team.

Stuart Barnes
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Stuart Barnes (born 22 November 1962) is a former English rugby union footballer who played fly-half for Newport RFC, Bristol and Bath. He also represented England and the British Lions at international level plus was part of the Barbarians

Although born in Essex, Barnes started playing rugby for Wales schools where he became captain. He studied at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford where he won three rugby Blues and was soon invited to join the Welsh squad in 1981 but opted for England instead. He made his England debut in 1984 and played his last international match in 1993. Playing during the non-professional era meant Stuart balanced his rugby commitments with working for a building society at the same time.

Barnes' last game was the Bath versus Leicester Pilkington Cup Final on 7 May 1994. He resigned from the Stroud and Swindon building society shortly afterwards and in 1994, just as the game was turning professional, Stuart started writing for the Daily Telegraph. It was at that time he also became a pundit for Sky Sports and has been in the role for the last twenty years.

Alongside Miles Harrison, he is currently Sky Sports rugby union lead commentator and analyst. Throughout his twenty-year TV career he has commentated on all levels of the game and been part of the talent line up in the studio on a weekly basis. Stuart is also the leading rugby writer for the Times and Sunday Times.

Michael Atherton OBE
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Michael is a broadcaster, journalist and retired England international cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman for Lancashire and England, and occasional leg-break bowler, he achieved the captaincy of England at the age of 25 and led the side in a record 54 Test matches.

Michael was born on March 23, 1968, in Manchester. He was at Manchester Grammar School for seven years and his batting blossomed to take him into the Lancashire Schools’, English Public Schools’ and English Schools’ teams. Atherton went on to Cambridge in 1987 and captained Cambridge and was also captain of the Combined Universities team. His rise through the Combined Universities team saw Michael capped for England before he was awarded his county cap. Lancashire was the team he played for domestically and he soon became the youngest Lancastrian to score a Test century.

During his playing career, Michael captained England at all levels including full Test side and won great admiration for his handling of the media and his capacity as a leader. Throughout his career, Michael played 115 Test matches for England and scored 7,728 runs including 16 centuries. He retired from cricket at the end of the 2001 season.

Michael is now a Sky Sports Cricket Analyst which sees him commentate on all levels of the game. His career has also extended into the print media and since 2007 he has been the Chief Cricket Correspondent for the Times. He has also been awarded Sports Writer of the Year and Specialist Correspondent of the Year at the Sports’ Journalists’ Association Awards.

Sir Ian Botham
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Sir Ian Botham is a former English Test cricketer, who was one of the most entertaining all-rounders of his generation. His brilliant fast bowling and flamboyant batting had the capacity to win games and excite the spectators.

Ian Terence Botham, was born November 24, 1955 in Heswall, Cheshire. He later moved to Yeovil, Somerset where he began playing cricket for Somerset under 15s and made his first class debut in 1974. As a youngster he was also a talented footballer and for a short time he played for Scunthorpe United, before settling on cricket as his chosen sport.

He gained his Test debut for England in 1977 and went on to an illustrious international career. During his international career, Ian was made captain, played 102 Tests taking 383 wickets and scored 5200 runs including 14 centuries. Ian is probably best remembered for his heroics against Australia in the Ashes 1981, a series that became known as ‘Botham’s Ashes’ and was awarded BBC Sports Personality of the year 1981.

Botham has been a prodigious fundraiser for charitable causes, undertaking a total of 12 long-distance charity walks. His efforts have raised more than £13 million for Leukaemia Research. In 1992 Botham was appointed OBE, which was followed in 2007 with a Knighthood. Both achievements were in recognition of his cricket achievements and his sustained efforts in raising money for Leukaemia research.

After retiring from cricket, Ian starting working as a commentator for Sky Sports in 1995 and quickly became a regular voice on TV. Botham’s almost twenty years in broadcasting has seen him commentate on the highest levels of the game on Sky including England home and away Tests, Ashes series and ICC events. He is also a cricket columnist for the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Jacquie Beltrao
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Jacquie is a Sky News Sports presenter and provides sport round-ups twice an hour on Sky News Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes, as well as sports bulletins throughout the day.

Born in Dublin, Jacquie grew up in Coventry before going to Birmingham University to study Sports Science.

In 1984, Jacquie represented Britain in gymnastics at the Los Angeles Olympics.

As a junior reporter she interviewed David Beckham and Tim Henman before they were famous. Since then she has secured other big name interviews with British sportsmen such as Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Andrew Murray. Jacquie also covers Wimbledon and the US Open on location every year for Sky.

Jacquie lives with her husband and three children in south-west London. They were joined by a rescue dog, Maddie, after she appeared as a guest on Sky News on behalf of the Dogs Trust.

Jacquie is a serial home renovator and has done up and sold several houses. She also enjoys spending time at her holiday home in Rio de Janeiro!