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Dharshini David Joins Sky News’ Business Team

September 16, 2009

Sky News has announced Tesco’s Head of Broadcast, and former BBC  financial correspondent and presenter, Dharshini David as the newest addition to its business unit. Dharshini’s appointment as business correspondent is a further expansion of Sky’s business team following the addition of former Sunday Telegraph City Editor, Mark Kleinman, earlier in the summer.

Before joining Tesco in 2008, Dharshini spent eight years working as a financial correspondent and presenter at the BBC, where she was latterly based in New York reporting on Wall Street and presenting the daily ‘World Business Report’.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News, said: “The Sky News business unit now has a team of complimentary talents, fit to handle the ups and down of economic fortune. As the state of national and international finance continues to dominate the headlines and public interest, Dharshini joins an already formidable team and will help us to deliver even more original journalism and world-class analysis.”

In addition to her reporting role, Dharshini will also be contributing to Sky News’ City blog, commenting on major stories in the City and the world of business.

Dharshini David said: “At a time when we’re faced with the twists and turns of recession, no one can afford to ignore what’s happening in the business world. I’m very excited to be joining the Sky News business team, which audiences can trust to bring them the stories and analysis that matter, as soon as they break. “

Dharshini spent six years with BBC News in London, using her expertise in economic, business and consumer affairs to report for BBC ONE, BBC News 24 and BBC radio. She presented for Panorama, and also presented the financial shows World Business Report and Business Today. She then moved to New York to front the organisation’s US financial coverage, presenting a daily business show for BBC World and the News Channel.  

Dharshini gained first-hand experience of business and finance on the trading floor at HSBC where she worked as an economist for several years before joining the BBC, and more recently as Head of Broadcast at Tesco she used her vast experience to manage broadcast and advise on media strategy.

In February 2009, Sky News added business world heavy-weight Jeff Randall to its team when he became a full-time business presenter, having previously presented one show a week on the channel since 2007.

Anna Jones was appointed business presenter in December 2008, and Dharshini will also be working alongside Sky News’ experienced business correspondent Joel Hills, as well as Mark Kleinman in the role of City Editor.

Dharshini was born and brought up in London and trained as an economist reading Economics at Downing College, University of Cambridge. Dharshini lives with her husband and daughter in London.
 
 

Notes to editor

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In March 2009 Sky News Radio became the sole provider of national and international news to all commercial stations in the UK – reaching around 31 million listeners in total – when it took over the contract to supply IRN stations, in addition to its existing clients.

Sky News won a Golden Nymph at the 2009 Monte Carlo Television Festival for Best 24 Hour News Programme for its coverage of the Mumbai terror attacks. Sky News was also named Best News Service at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2009 and Skynews.com won the Association of Online Publishers award for website of the year, 2008.

                                                                                         

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