Adam Boulton quits Sky News after 33 years: ‘It’s not a good fit for me!’
10th November 2021

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Adam is one of the pillars of Sky News, having joined the network in 1989 and he helped to launch the channel’s political team. Over the years, he has reported on countless General Elections, Presidential campaigns and most recently, the coronavirus pandemic. However, after more than three decades in the role, the All Out Politics presenter has decided to quit the job at Sky as he believes fresh talent should be put at the forefront of the news empire.

Announcing the news, the 62-year-old said: “I’ve just got to accept to a certain point that you and I, we’re tail-end baby-boomers.

“And there’s a kind of move against the baby-boomers and the fact that we’ve had less time at the peak is just the way it goes.

“It looks like the direction which Sky News wants to go over the next few years is not one that’s a particularly good fit for me,” he continued.

The presenter told The Times he understands there has always been a “changing of the guard” in television and his time has now come to leave.

It is not yet known when the presenter will be stepping down from the post as it seems he is still on the network’s schedule heading into the New Year.

 

The presenter will be a significant loss to the channel as he has hosted the All Out Politics show every weekday since 2017.

It is one of the network’s most popular programmes, with Boulton interviewing guests from all corners of the political realm.

In a formal statement announcing his decision to quit his role, the presenter said: “I am immensely proud of all we have achieved at Sky News.

“It has been an honour to be part of the team that founded Britain’s first rolling news channel, transforming the way news and politics are covered in this country and around the world.

“My career has been at two start-ups – TV-am and Sky. Now, after six Prime Ministers, seven US Presidents, and eight Sky CEOs, it is time for new things.”

Not a good fit for me

Adam Boulton

“As the mainstream media evolve, I will continue to broadcast and write for Sky, Reaction, and others,” he continued.

Many of his colleagues have reacted to the news, with political edition Beth Rigby writing on Twitter: “Adam’s leaving after 33 years.

“A hugely significant force, not in just our newsroom, but in the very fabric of British politics and broadcasting.

“I grew up watching Adam and I was lucky enough to work with him. An absolute titan. We will miss you,” she concluded.

Kay Burley also commented, posting a tribute in which she said: “My dear friend and colleague @adamboultonSKY calling it a day.

“Sky News would not have been a success without his insightful expertise. We will miss you, Adam,” she added on the social media platform.

Sophy Ridge shared in view of her 185,200 followers: “It’s hard to imagine not only Sky News but also British politics without him.

“A master broadcaster with encyclopaedic knowledge and above all a kind and generous man. @adamboultonSKY I’ll miss you.”

There have been many memorable moments from Boulton’s time as a presenter on Sky News, including in the aftermath of the 2010 General Election.

The journalist lost his composure with former Director of Communications Alastair Campbell whilst defending his impartiality.

Campbell had accused Boulton of holding political bias towards the Conservatives and he shouted back at the guest: “Don’t tell me what I think.”

Some months later, when interviewing Campbell ahead of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s appearance at the Iraq Inquiry, Boulton apologised for the previous incident.

At the end of the interview, he shook Campbell’s hand and in 2014, he stepped down from his role as the network’s political editor.

Ever since, he has been holding down the job of a presenter, rather than being at every political event on the calendar.

He was succeeded by Beth Rigby, who has been seen holding the Government to account at the coronavirus press briefings.

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