Sky News has appointed Emma Hurd as its Africa Correspondent.
Emma, currently Sky News’ Middle East Correspondent has been at Sky News for 10 years. She joined the channel in September 1996 from the BBC.
During her time as Middle East Correspondent she covered the death of Yasser Arafat, Hamas? rise to power and the Israeli Election.
Emma Hurd added: ?I am thrilled to be heading up Sky?s Africa operation. It?s a fascinating continent which deserves much more of the world?s attention. I?m looking forward to bringing more of the important stories from Africa to our viewers.?
Interesting and illogical appointment in my opinion. A Sky News Insider mentioned in one of the media reports on the loss of DC (IIRC in the Indy) that they saw it as a waste to put a high profile well paid reporter in the low importance Africa post. So they go and put in Emma Hurd?! Surely promoting a senior reporter or London based correspondent made sense, now they need to send someone to the Middle East, and that’s not somewhere to find your feet, it is a major post, second only to Washington I would guess. Also, assume there will be no-one in Africa till September.
I’ve always found Emma Hurd to be an excellent correspondent. I’m not sure though if this is a good move or not. Certainly Africa is appearing on the agenda far more than ever before. I don’t agree that it is ‘a waste’ to put the likes of DC and Hurd in the Africa post.
I must agree that the Middle East slot needs to go to a reporter with experience, but perhaps Lisa Holland is the person for the job. That would make 4 out of the 8 Foreign Bureau correspondents female!