Former ITN stalwart Mark Austin has joined Sky News as their stateside correspondent.
Mark Austin is best known as host of ITV’s News at Ten and the ITV Evening News from ITN.
“The Trump Presidency is one of the most extraordinary stories of our time. I want to go back on the road so where better to do it than America, when better to do it than now and who better to do it for than Sky, an organisation with news at its very heart.” – Mark Austin
Sky News has appointed Mark Austin as US Correspondent. Mark will be joining the news service at a time when American politics has never been so high on the news agenda, or important to customers. He will bring his award-winning experience to an already stellar team of US correspondents in Washington, New York and Los Angeles. Mark will be based in Washington where, along with his colleagues, will cover the latest news from The White House and Capitol Hill, as well as being deployed across the US on other major stories.
Mark joins Sky News from ITN where over three decades he presented the ITV News at Ten and ITV Evening News programming, often on location from around the world including the Antarctic, Iraq, Libya, Haiti, Nepal and Mogadishu. Mark has been named the RTS Presenter of the Year twice, won five BAFTA awards, an international Emmy for his reporting on the devastating floods in Mozambique, and a Golden Nymph for his coverage of the war in Kosovo.
ITV News at Ten was recently shunted to 10.30pm in order for ITV to broadcast entertainment and chat series The Nightly Show. It proved a dismal offering with poor ratings. The format was dropped twice from the 10pm slot during its seven week run to restore the news; firstly with the Westminster attack and last week for extended coverage of the forthcoming General Election. The BBC and Sky News both air flagship news programming at 10pm currently. ITN and News at Ten dominated the news ratings over its 32 year original run, but the restored News at Ten has never had the success of its predecessor after being originally axed in 1999.
The current Tom Bradby hosted ITV News at Ten has taken a more chatty tone, with opinionated introductions to reports in order to make the programme stand out from the competition. As TV critic Vivian Summers described it “A late night Newsround crossed with Loose Women, but thankfully only one opinionated presenter”.
“Mark is one of the most talented journalists of his generation. He will become a key member of our world-class US team at a time when US politics has never been more exciting or divisive; I know he will do an outstanding job.” – Jonathan Levy, Director of News Gathering and Operations at Sky News