Sky reshuffle ahead of Five News takeover

Five and Sky News have appointed Josie MacRae as deputy editor of Five News and Michael Wilson as head of newsgathering.

The moves have prompted a reshuffle within Sky News. Nick Purnell managing editor of Sky News Ireland has returned to the UK to replace Wilson, and Julian March succeeds MacRae as executive producer for Sky News’ morning show, Sunrise. MacRae, along with editor Mark Calvert, will be responsible for Five News when Sky starts producing the show in January 2005. The five-year contract to produce it was awarded to Sky News in March.

MacRae was previously deputy executive producer for Live at Five.

Wilson launched Sky News Ireland in May.

It is a return to the Sky stable for March, who left the channel briefly to become programme editor on the ITV News Channel.

Purnell joined Sky News in 1989.

Most recently, he was editor for the live coverage team and was part of the team covering the conflict in Iraq.

By Jon Slattery

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