Sky News has signed James Rubin, the US state department spokesman under Bill Clinton, as the host of a daily news show drawing on his insider knowledge of foreign affairs.
A native New Yorker, Mr Rubin, who gained public attention during the Kosovo conflict when he delivered daily televised press briefings, has joined the news channel as it gears up for launch of its new schedule and on-air look.
He will anchor World News Tonight, broadcast between 8pm and 9pm each weekday from the channel’s new studios in west London.
He says is looking forward to taking a “serious look at global developments and foreign policy”.
Adrian Wells, the head of foreign news, Sky News, said: “James Rubin, who brings with him years of experience, and an insider’s knowledge of foreign policy, will offer viewers an incisive international voice to report, analyse and comment on global affairs.”
Mr Rubin spent three years as Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for public affairs and chief spokesman for the state department from 1997 to May 2000, serving as a top policy adviser to the then secretary of state, Madeleine Albright.
His televised briefings to the state department press corps about US diplomatic, foreign economic and national security policies made him a household name.
During the 2004 American general election, he served as senior foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate, John Kerry.
Since leaving government Mr Rubin has been a visiting professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and a partner at Alan Parker’s City PR firm Brunswick. He has also hosted the PBS weekly international affairs programme Wide Angle.
He lives in London with his wife, CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, and their son.
In addition Sky News has appointed BBC presenter Gillian Joseph ahead of the launch of the new studios this autumn.
Joseph, currently a presenter on BBC Breakfast and BBC London, will join the channel to anchor its evening output alongside Sky News regular Chris Roberts from 9pm.
She has previously worked for BBC Radio 1, the BBC’s Black Britain programme, and both the One and Six O’ Clock News, Newsnight as well as the Holiday programme.
Other recent signings include breakfast anchor Eamonn Holmes and presenters Ginny Buckley and Anna Jones. Sky News presenters’ Kay Burley, Jeremy Thompson and Julie Etchingham will have their own programmes and are currently in rehearsals developing different formats.