Sky News’ has this evening announced it will bolster its commitment to national affairs with the appointment of Lyndal Curtis to serve as the networks first ever Canberra Bureau Chief.
Award winning journalist Lyndal Curtis joins the team continuing a career of more than 25 years covering federal politics in senior editorial and management roles.
Curtis made the decision to depart from her role as Political Editor of ABC News24 in December last year at a time when the national broadcaster was facing significant cutbacks. She had been with the ABC since 1993 in various roles on Television and Radio.
It's the first time Sky has appointed a Bureau Chief to lead the Canberra team. Lyndal will have responsibility for daily political news, an expansion of programming and major event coverage.
Confirming the news Lyndal stated, “Political journalism is my first love and I am thrilled to be joining Sky News. Angelos has built up, over many years, a channel that has an unmatched dedication to coverage of politics and national affairs. I have long admired David and his colleagues in the Canberra Bureau for their professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment and am very much looking forward to working with them.”
Australian News Channel CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said: "The appointment of one of Australia's most experienced political broadcast journalists to this new leadership role underscores our commitment to national affairs coverage. Lyndal will play a central role in significant programming and platform initiatives being finalised for launch in 2016."
Sky News Political Editor David Speers commented: "Lyndal is one of the most insightful journalists in Canberra who now becomes my colleague after many years of friendly competition in the halls of the Parliament. There is no doubt her expertise will be a valuable addition to the team."