Times deputy political editor Sam Coates is leaving to join Sky News later this year.
Coates’ appointment as deputy political editor follows the promotion of his former Times colleague Beth Rigby to the role of Sky News political editor, announced earlier this week.
Coates will join Sky News’ Westminster line-up in the summer.
Sky News head of politics Dan Williams said: “Beth’s promotion to political editor in May gives us a great opportunity to add to our team and we’re delighted Sam will be joining us as deputy political editor later in the year.
“It’s a tremendous moment in our history and there is a huge responsibility in these positions.
“Sam has a fantastic track record in breaking stories and getting to the heart of the political world. We look forward to him joining the team.”
Rigby was among those congratulating Coates on Twitter this morning.
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) February 6, 2019
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) February 6, 2019
— Niall Paterson (@skynewsniall) February 6, 2019
Massive massive massive congratulations to @SamCoatesTimes for becoming deputy pol ed at Sky News. The bests mischief-maker in the business. The biggest mess maker in our office.
— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) February 6, 2019
— Cristina Nicolotti S (@skynewsgirl) February 6, 2019
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) February 6, 2019
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