Sky's Botting makes switch over to Report

Anna Botting will take over as presenter of The Sky Report on Sky News from this week while Julie Etchingham is on maternity leave Botting moves from Sky News Today, the channel’s post-breakfast live news programme where she anchors alongside Anna Jones and Martin Stanford.

She joins The Sky Report, which is broadcast on weekdays at 7pm-8pm.

Since working at Sky, Botting has covered many major events, including the death of Pope John Paul II from Poland and Rome, and has anchored coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from the studio. She was the first person to arrive at Kensington Palace the day Princess Diana died.

Etchingham will return in the autumn.

■ Sky News reporter Jonathan Samuels and cameraman Neil Morris feared for their lives when the RAF plane they were reporting from caught fire over the Italian Dolomites.

Samuels and Morris were filming a feature piece on the RAF’s anti-terrorism surveillance at the Winter Olympics when the plane caught fire.

After a terrifying 15-minute flight back to the Aviano air base the pair were safely back on the ground but had to leave their camera on the plane as they escaped.

It was later retrieved and the film shown on Sky News bulletins.

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