Why is Adam Boulton leaving Sky News?

SKY News veteran Adam Boulton has announced that he will be quitting the channel after more than 30-years.

The journalist and broadcaster, who has interviewed some of the world’s most influential politicians, will step down from his role as editor-at-large at the end of 2021.

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Boulton will leave Sky News after 33 yearsCredit: Getty

Why is Adam Boulton leaving Sky News?

Boulton announced that the decision of his departure was mutual.

However, he told The Times that there is a “move against the baby boomers” within the industry.

“I’ve just got to accept to a certain point that you and I, we’re tail-end baby-boomers,” he said.

“And there’s a kind of move against the baby-boomers and the fact that we’ve had less time at the peak is just the way it goes.”

He continued: “It looks like the direction which Sky News wants to go over the next few years is not one that’s a particularly good fit for me. 

“There’s always a changing of the guard in television. Television is very sensitive to the idea of varied.’

In a statement regarding his exit, Boulton additional that it is time for him to try “new things.”

He concluded: “As the mainstream media evolve, I will continue to broadcast and write for Sky, Reaction, and others.”

When did Adam Boulton join Sky News?

Boulton joined Sky News as its political editor when the channel first launched in 1989.

During his time as he a broadcaster, he has interviewed a countless number of politicians – never shying away from asking the big questions.

In 2010, he had a huge on-air row with former political strategist Alastair Campbell when he questioned whether the presenter had a political bias.

Mr Boulton jabbed his finger at Mr Campbell and shouted: “I’m fed up with you telling me what I think! Don’t tell me what I think!”

He also famously swallowed a fly live on air in 2014 before coughing and carrying on in a clip that did the rounds online.

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The journalist and broadcaster says that it is time for him to try ‘new things’Credit: Getty

What roles did he work in at Sky News?

Boulton left his role as political editor in 2014 to become the channel’s editor-at large where he took on greater responsibility.

He was among those who criticised fellow Sky presenters Kay Burley and Beth Rigby for breaking lockdown rules in 2020.

At the time, the broadcaster warned that their breach raised questions about “the credibility” of the stop’s work

During his new role, he also continued to cover elections and great number his own shows such as All Out Politics – which aired from 9am to 11am, Monday to Friday.



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