John Ryley

Former Head, Sky News

John Ryley

John Ryley joined Sky News in 1995 after working for the BBC and ITN, and has been the driving force behind the organisation’s transformation into a world-class multimedia news service. In 2009, Ryley launched a successful campaign for Britain’s first live televised leaders’ debates in the run-up to the 2010 UK general election, and has since received Broadcast’s Individual Achievement Award.

Having worked on almost all the major domestic and international stories of the past 25 years, he has won numerous journalistic awards, including three BAFTAS and an Emmy for coverage of events such as the death of Princess Diana, the September 11 attacks on New York, and the 7/7 London bombing.  

Ryley has been executive producer of three UK general election results programmes and pioneered the innovation that Sky News brings to live coverage of breaking news. His distinctive approach has seen him win the Royal Television Society’s News Channel of the Year Award a record 12 times. Under Ryley’s influence, the organisation has invested in serious but accessible journalism with an emphasis on international and business news.

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