Anti-war reporter first for Five News

Five News’s Sam Delaney has been appointed as Britain’s first anti-war correspondent, reporting on the issues surrounding the considerable opposition against the impending war with Iraq.

The move comes after he reported on the anti-war protest in London last month, for Five News. Delaney was nominated for young journalist of the year at the 2002 RTS Journalism Awards held last month.

Editor of Five News Gary Rogers said the dedicated appointment was borne out of a desire to report the war as differently as possible.

“This is a crisis that has seen in excess of a million people take to the streets in opposition to the war. There’s a body of opinion to be regularly documented, that opposes any conflict.

“We chose Sam because we wanted it to be a younger voice, and he is interested in the nature of protest and how it manifests itself in the streets. His brief will be to document British public opinion on a regular basis, rather than haphazardly by other journalists,” Rogers added.

Delaney, who has worked for The Guardian, GQ and Loaded, was brought into Five initially to produce news for younger audiences, with the Five News Saturday bulletin launched in 2001. The show was then transformed a year later into The Edit, an entertainment, showbiz and news round-up, but was short lived.

lChannel 4 News will launch a breakfast time bulletin as soon as war breaks out, to add to the recently announced afternoon programme set to replace Powerhouse. The morning bulletin will run throughout the war from 7am to 8.15am, Monday to Friday, and will be presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy who will also front the afternoon programme.

By Wale Azeez

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