Jackie’s been involved in organising the coverage of almost every major news event of recent times
“Some of the most memorable pictures of our times have been shot as a result of Jackie’s negotiations”
Earlier this year Jackie Faulkner, Director of News Operations at Sky News, won the the prestigious Royal Television Society Judges' Award.
The award is given to recognise an individual who has made an ‘outstanding contribution to the advancement of Television Journalism’ over the course of their career.
Head of Sky News, John Ryley told the judges that Jackie has been a “sheer force behind the scenes for four decades” and praised her involvement in organising the coverage of almost every major news event of recent times - often for the benefit of all the broadcasters and not just Sky.
“She has persuaded rival news organisations to cooperate on their coverage of wars, revolutions, royal weddings and funerals,” John said. “Some of the most memorable pictures of our times have been shot as a result of Jackie’s negotiations with government spinners, palace officials and church administrators”.”
John went on to say that Jackie has overseen the constant technical evolution of the operations department at Sky News, driving the introduction of technology that has revolutionised live broadcasting.
Jackie’s career began here before Sky News was even on air. Director of Content Gary Davey remembers those days well.
“It's always a treat for me when we toast our pioneers, and Jackie certainly qualifies as one of the people who led the way. Even before the launch in February 1989, Jackie was there through rehearsals, right up to airtime, working in what was still a building site. And over the years, has consistently displayed that "can do" approach with a professionalism that has earned her the respect of colleagues right across the industry. Well done Jackie. We are all very proud of you.”