Adam Boulton

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Adam Boulton MA (Oxon), DBA Hon. (Plymouth)
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Adam Boulton in March 2008
Born (1959-02-15) 15 February 1959 (age 55)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Education Christ Church, Oxford
Johns Hopkins University
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Political Editor Sky News
Spouse(s) Anji Hunter

Thomas Adam Babbington Boulton (born 15 February 1959 in Reading, Berkshire) is the political editor of Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky Television, part of British Sky Broadcasting. He is based at Sky News' Westminster studios in Central London. He was formerly the Political Editor of TV-am, the ITV early-morning broadcasting franchise holder. He has held the post of Sky's Political Editor since being asked to establish its politics team for the launch of the channel in 1989. He is the former presenter of Sky News' Sunday Live with Adam Boulton, and since 2011, has presented a regular weekday news and political programme on Sky News, entitled Boulton and Co.

In January 2014, it was announced Boulton would step down as Sky News political editor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

His father was a doctor but rather than follow him into the medical profession, his son had an ambition to go into broadcasting early in life.

He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and Johns Hopkins University where he gained degrees in English and International Relations.[2][3][4]

In 2013 Boulton received an Honorary Doctorate of Business from Plymouth University[5]

Life and career[edit]

Boulton speaking alongside Jon Cruddas at a Policy Exchange event in 2012

Before joining Sky News, Boulton worked as a journalist in the parliamentary lobby. He was then Political Editor for TV-am, where his colleague was Kay Burley who later joined Sky News. It was during the 1987 general election that he was punched by Denis Healey after Anne Diamond asked Healey about his wife using private healthcare; the incident was witnessed by gossip columnist Nigel Dempster.[6]

From 2011, Boulton has presented Boulton & Co from 1pm to 2pm Monday to Friday on the channel and also maintains a blog on the Sky News website. As well as having a regular weekday show of his own, he also frequently appears during the week to report on breaking political stories. On 15 June 2008 he became the first British television reporter to conduct a joint interview of US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura.

Boulton also presents a review of Prime Minister's Questions, on a Wednesday evening with regular guests to discuss the performance of ministers involved in the House of Commons earlier in the day and more seriously, the legislation and ideas that they present to the house. Boulton was based in Washington, D.C. from January 2009, covering the First 100 days of Barack Obama's Presidency of the United States for Sky News.

On 22 April 2010, during the UK General Election campaign, Boulton hosted Sky News' 'Leaders' Debate' live from Bristol, the second in a series of three televised debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg produced, in turn, and on consecutive Thursdays, by ITV News, Sky News and the BBC.

Boulton presenting Sky News with Kay Burley in May 2010

On 10 May 2010, while covering events on the aftermath of the 2010 general election Boulton lost his composure with former 10 Downing Street Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell defending his impartiality in a live on-air interview after Campbell accused Boulton of political bias in favour of the Conservatives. Boulton shouted at Campbell: "Don't tell me what I think".[7] At the time both Labour and the Conservatives were trying to broker a deal with the Liberal Democrats aimed at forming a coalition government. A similar disagreement occurred later on that evening in an exchange with Ben Bradshaw.[8] The media regulator Ofcom received several hundred complaints about the Campbell incident from viewers.[9] During the campaign he had been asked to calm down by Peter Mandelson when he questioned him about possible spending cuts that the Financial Times believed would have to be made following the election.[10] He was also accused of bias for the way he questioned Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, it was claimed in contravention of the pre-established rules, during the Leader's debate hosted by Sky News. Ofcom rejected the complaints[11] On 20 January 2011 Boulton once again interviewed Alastair Campbell on Sky News, ahead of Tony Blair's appearance in front of the Iraq Inquiry. Both apologised about the incident and shook hands at the end of the interview.

Boulton won the Royal Television Society's supreme Judge's Award and was elected the 2007 Chairman of the Parliamentary Lobby. He has written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Spectator, New Statesman and Independent. He has been a guest of programmes such as Newsnight, Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Have I Got News For You. He has interviewed every British Prime Minister from David Cameron back to Sir Alec Douglas-Home, international stars and influential figures.

Personal life[edit]

Boulton divorced his first wife after his affair with Tony Blair's spin doctor Anji Hunter became front page tabloid news in 2002.[12] Both have children from their previous marriages. The couple married at St James's Church, Piccadilly on 22 July 2006, in a wedding attended by Blair and a number of current and former ministers, including David Blunkett, Tessa Jowell and Peter Hain, as well as Mick Hucknall and BP boss Lord Browne.[13]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Tony's Ten Years: Memories of the Blair Administration (2008) Simon & Schuster
  • Hung Together: The 2010 Election and the Coalition Government with Joey Jones (2010) Simon & Schuster

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jan/13/adam-boulton-step-down-sky-news-political-editor
  2. ^ "Adam Boulton | Sky News Press Office". skynews.skypressoffice.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Johns Hopkins SAIS | Press Room | SAIS Reports". sais-jhu.edu. Retrieved 15 February 2012. Boul 
  4. ^ Daily Mail Weekend Interview. 26 February 2012, p6
  5. ^ http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/graduation/honorarydegrees/honoraries2013/Pages/Adam-Boulton.aspx
  6. ^ "Sky's political editor on the channel's relaunch". London: The Independent. 6 April 2006. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Video of heated exchange between Boulton and Campbell". 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Adam Boulton arguing with Ben Bradshaw". 10 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Sweney, Mark (12 May 2010). "Adam Boulton and Kay Burley: almost 1,500 complaints to Ofcom". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Labour Party election campaign coverage". Sky News (BSkyB). 27 April 2010. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Sweney, Mark (5 July 2010). "Ofcom rejects complaints over Sky News election coverage". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ Chittenden, Maurice; Elliott, John (23 July 2006). "Adam and Anji's power wedding". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  13. ^ James Tapper (23 July 2006). "Two weddings and a downpour". Mail on Sunday (London: Associated Newspapers Ltd). Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

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