One of ITN’s star news cameramen has jumped ship to Sky News after nearly 30 years with the ITV and Channel 4 news provider. Award-winning cameraman Mike Inglis, whose images from wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Beirut have been beamed around the world, is expected to make the move from ITN to Sky at the beginning of next month.
Feted by the RTS as its cameraman of the year for his coverage of the Wapping dispute between the print unions and Rupert Murdoch, Inglis has won a host of other accolades.
Four years ago he was awarded an International Television Programming Award silver medal for his coverage of the Bosnian war. At the start of the war Inglis was one of the first cameramen to clandestinely cross into Serbia climbing over the mountainous border with Montenegro with his ITN colleague Terry Lloyd.
Inglis was one of the pall bearers at the funeral of Lloyd, who was killed in cross-fire just days after the US and the UK forces invaded Iraq last year.
He and Lloyd also took footage of the ITN reporter being attacked by former Manchester United star Eric Cantona.
The two men and soundman Mark Lyons tracked Cantona down to Guadaloupe just days after the football star fled the UK after throwing his now-infamous kung fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan.
During the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Inglis showed his determination to be first with the story by riding through the snow-covered pass in the Anjaman mountain range to join colleague Julian Manyon to report on the fall of Kabul.
Head of Sky News Nick Pollard, who worked with Inglis during the 13 years he was at ITN , said he was delighted to have signed the cameraman up.
“When talent comes on the market we are always on the lookout. It’s an illustration of Sky’s standing that someone of his reputation leaves ITN to join Sky. I worked with him myself when I was at ITN. He is a legend in the business.”
Inglis arrives just two months before Sky begins work on delivering news bulletins for Five. The fifth terrestrial channel decided to move its contract from ITN in March this year