Faisal Islam

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Faisal Islam
Faisal Islam, 2016 Labour Party Conference.jpg
Faisal Islam in 2016
Native name ফয়সাল ইসলাম
Born (1977-05-29) 29 May 1977 (age 40)
Manchester, England, UK
Residence London, England, UK
Nationality British
Education Manchester Grammar School
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
City University London
Occupation Political Editor
Years active 2004–present
Employer Sky News
Notable credit(s) The Observer,
Channel 4 News
Website https://twitter.com/faisalislam

Faisal Islam (born 29 May 1977) is an English political and economics journalist who since summer 2014 has been the Political Editor of Sky News. He was the Economics Editor of Channel 4 News,[2] until 1 June 2014, when he was replaced by Paul Mason, the programme's former Culture and Media Editor.[3]

Islam formally joined Sky News in 2014 as its Political Editor, succeeding Adam Boulton, who now presents a mid morning news programme All Out Politics on the same channel.[4]


Faisal Islam is of Bengali descent. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, a boys’ independent school in Manchester, followed by Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. In 2000, he gained a post-graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.


Faisal Islam was formerly an economics correspondent for The Observer newspaper. He became business correspondent for Channel 4 News in May 2004, later becoming its Economics Editor, a position he held until 1 June 2014, when he was replaced by Paul Mason, the programme's former Culture and Media Editor.[3]

Islam has reported on the ups and downs of the corporate world from government-subsidised arms dealers and failing PFI contracts to how bankers are trading weather.[5] Islam was named as successor to the long-serving political editor Adam Boulton of Sky News; he took up his new post before the Scottish Independence Referendum took place in September 2014.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2000, Islam was awarded the Wincott Award for Young Financial Journalist of the Year, and shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2001.[5]

In February 2006, Islam was named Young Journalist of the Year at the Royal Society of Television awards.[5]

In January 2007, Islam was the winner of the year’s Broadcast News Journalism Award at the Workworld Media Awards.[6]

In May 2009, Islam received the Wincott Foundation’s award for Best Television Coverage of a Topical Issue, won particularly for his work on the growing financial problems of the Icelandic Banks. The judges said of the report "...here was something really new, completely convincing, with a stellar interview and free of many of the visual clichés which characterised too many financial programmes." In 2009, he was awarded the Business Journalist of the Year, as well as the BJOYA award for "Best Broadcast Story" - again for his report on the Icelandic Banks.

In January 2010, Islam was named "Broadcast News Reporter of the Year" by the WorkWorld Foundation for 2009 - with the judges saying; "his excellent writing converts abstract economics to something accessible to all, informing viewers in a compelling and original way."[7]

In January 2015, Islam was nominated for the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.[8]

In March 2017, he won the Royal Television Society award for the Interview of the Year for his interview with Prime Minister David Cameron.[9]


  • 'Stop Aping the US, Gordon'.[10]
  • 'Arms subsidies cost UK jobs'.[11]
  • 'Now he's taking on the world'.[12]
  • 'The great generational robbery'.[13]


  1. ^ "Twitter – Faisal Islam". 11 June 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Faisal Islam". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Oli Townsend (13 May 2014). "Paul Mason to become Economics Editor at Channel 4 News". Features Exec Media Database - Media Bulletin. London. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jason Deans "Faisal Islam replaces Adam Boulton as Sky News political editor", 20 March 2014
  5. ^ a b c "Channel4 News". channel4.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Faisal Islam wins Broadcast News Journalism Award". channel4.com. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "The Work Foundation". 
  8. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Television Journalism Awards 2017". Royal Television Society. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Islam, Faisal (2 August 2002). "Stop aping the US, Gordon". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Islam, Faisal (18 April 2008). "Arms subsidies cost UK jobs". London: The Guardian . Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  12. ^ Islam, Faisal (19 September 2004). "Now he’s taking on the world". The Guardian . Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  13. ^ Islam, Faisal (5 March 2007). "The great generational robbery". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 

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