Biographies

Martin Stanford
Martin Stanford

Martin Stanford hosts prime time news bulletins between 7 and 9pm each weekday evening.

For three years he hosted skynews.com - a unique format where the stories were influenced by the most clicked and most talked about stories online. Martin and Skynews.com won the “innovation of the year” category at the prestigious Royal Television Society Journalism awards in 2008.

He also hosts the occasional and unconventional discussion show Unplugged, - an irreverent and informal approach to a talk show - which is made for the growing audience on the Sky News website and Sky News Active.

Martin joined Sky News in 1990 at the height of the Gulf War, and presented Sky News’ flagship Sky News at Ten and the Nine o’clock News before moving to Sky News Today.

Martin has anchored the channel’s coverage of some of the biggest breaking news stories, including the September 11th terrorist attacks on the US, the subsequent bombing of Afghanistan, the Iraq War, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the subsequent funeral, the trial and later acquittal of Michael Jackson and the Beslan school siege.

Martin has regularly anchored Sky News programmes on location, and presented Sky’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina from the disaster zone and its coverage of the Israel – Lebanon conflict. He played a key role in the channel’s acclaimed coverage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, travelling to Sri Lanka and interviewing many of the survivors and rescuers.

Martin is an enthusiast for new technology – both reporting new developments for TV and online through the blog Tech Talk and the occasional series Technofile – and as a pioneer of the latest computer and graphics tools to aid the presentation of a story.

Martin presented Sky News’ first virtual broadcast from a 3D House of Commons during the 1997 General Election and has worked with 3D and virtual reality technicians on every major election since. 

He introduced tablet computers to the newsroom, allowing fellow presenters and himself to move away from the anchor desk for some sequences, while still keeping in touch with breaking news and email reactions from viewers. For the Presidential Election in the USA, won by Barack Obama, Martin worked with the latest 108” touch screen inside an entirely green studio, which was electronically overlaid with bespoke Election scenery.

He is widely acknowledged as master of the vast Sky Newswall, all 10 meters of it that sits to the rear of the main studio in the Sky News Centre.

Martin’s broadcasting career stretches over thirty years. He started out presenting news, phone-in and discussion programmes for BBC local radio stations in Oxford, Northampton and Cambridge before moving to the bi-media world of BBC Southampton where he worked for both South Today and BBC Radio Solent. In 1989, he moved to the start-up BSB News service and later joined Sky News, after working as a Field Producer in Amman, Jordan during the first Gulf War.

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