John Ryley was appointed the Head of Sky News in 2006. He began his career as a BBC Graduate News Trainee, went on to programme edit ITV 's News at Ten before joining Sky in 1995 as an Output Editor. He was appointed Executive Editor in 2000 responsible for daily news coverage across digital, television and audio.
In 2009, he launched a successful campaign for Britain's first live televised Leaders’ Debates in the run-up to the UK General Election in 2010. He was recognised for his role in this campaign by the British television industry with Broadcast’s 'Individual Achievement Award'.
The Royal Television Society in 2021 gave John the Outstanding Contribution Award saying he had ‘effected genuine change in our industry. His style is innovative, idiosyncratic. His integrity, influence and authority colossal’.
John is on the board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists.