Jon Craig (born 9 August 1957) is the Chief Political Correspondent of Sky News, the 24-hour television news service operated by Sky Television, part of British Sky Broadcasting. He has occupied this position since July 2006. He is a former Political Editor of two national newspapers, the Daily Express and the Sunday Express, and of BBC London, and was a lobby correspondent at Westminster for more than 30 years.
Craig was born in the town of Eastham, Cheshire, in North West England, on 9 August 1957.
Craig first attended Prestbury Church of England Primary School. Then at the age of 11 he attended the King's School, an independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the market town of Macclesfield in Cheshire, followed by Wetherby High School in the market town of Wetherby, in the borough of the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire. He took his A Levels at Tadcaster Grammar School in the market town of Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, followed by the University of Southampton, where he studied LLB, a bachelor's degree in Law. After graduation, he became President of the university's Student Union.
Life and career
After leaving university, Craig became a graduate trainee with Thomson Regional Newspapers working on the Evening Gazette newspaper in Middlesbrough. He then moved to Westminster in January 1982 to become Parliamentary Correspondent for Thompson Regional Newspapers, serving The Journal in Newcastle, the Western Mail and the Aberdeen Press & Journal. He later became Parliamentary Correspondent and Senior Political Correspondent. From 1986 to 1989 he was the Political Reporter and then Home Affairs Correspondent for The Sunday Times. From 1989 to 1992, he became the Political Correspondent for the Today Newspaper.
In 1992, Craig joined the Daily Express newspaper, becoming its political editor. During this time, he became a regular newspaper reviewer and political pundit on a variety of radio and television channels, including Sky News, BBC Radio Five Live, Talk Sport, LBC, BBC GLR, Yorkshire Television, ITN and GMTV. In 1998, Craig joined the Sunday Express newspaper as Political Editor, remaining with the paper for three years.
In 2001, Craig joined BBC London, and its new regional news programme, BBC London News, the BBC's replacement news programme for the Crystal Palace transmitter coverage area of London, as its new Political Editor. The capital had previously been served by a programme called Newsroom South East, covering a far wider region. Craig's job at BBC London entailed daily reporting on the London area TV bulletins on BBC1 and BBC London’s radio station, 94.9, and presenting the weekly regional political programme MetroPol on BBC2 (now part of The Politics Show on BBC1). He also wrote a weekly political column for BBC London’s website.