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Beth Rigby named next Sky News political editor

Beth Rigby has been appointed Sky News political editor, replacing Faisal Islam who is moving to the BBC to become its economics editor.

Rigby said in a tweet that taking on the new role, which she begins in May, was a “huge opportunity and responsibility at such an important time in our political life”.

She added that it was “an honour to follow in the footsteps of Faisal Islam and Adam Boulton”. Boulton is also a former Sky News political editor.

Rigby joined Sky News in 2016 as a senior political correspondent. She is currently deputy political editor. Her previous roles include chief political correspondent at the Financial Times and media editor at The Times.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: “Beth has a compelling vision for reporting politics differently at a time of great change and she has an excellent track record as a story getter…

“We know Beth will make a big impact and we look forward to her taking up her new role in May.”

Islam was among journalists offering their congratulations to Rigby on Twitter:

Picture: Sky News

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3 thoughts on “Beth Rigby named next Sky News political editor”

  1. How true

    I never comprehend how she manages to pronounce her name with a ‘g’ clearly heard yet unfailingly drops her final ‘g’ .

    It’s a shocking example of bad diction which – if not corrected – just encourages others to drop their final ‘g’

    Listeners to BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright programme from 4.15 pm on Fridays will recognise the phenomena in his ‘piss take’ of the problem.

    Sky ought to invest in elecution lessons for their new political editor before letting her loose on the airwaves.

    I agree it is such an irritating habit which was never better illustrated when she signed off “reportin’ from Birmin’ham”.

    Con’ratulations are tempered with a plea to find her ‘g”s

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