Sky News accuses the Tories of restricting election coverage access

Posted On: 
18th May 2017

Sky News has accused the Conservatives of restricting their access to general election events because of objections to the broadcaster's coverage of the campaign so far.

Sky News presenter Adam Boulton
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The broadcaster issued a public complaint after saying it was being cut out of the election trail because Downing Street were “unhappy” with its reporting.

Sky also said they had failed to get live interviews with Tory ministers during the election campaign.

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"Since early in the election campaign, Sky News has not been getting live interviews on election issues with Conservative ministers,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

"Also, we weren’t initially invited to follow the leader’s tour. We understand this to be because members of the Prime Minister’s team are unhappy with aspects of our political coverage. Sky News stands by its journalism and is committed to fair, impartial, and accurate reporting of all the political parties."

Earlier today, presenter Adam Boulton hit out at Downing St live on air just minutes before the manifesto launch.

“‘Well, Sky News requested an interview with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has been doing the rounds this morning about the manifesto and the Conservatives’ plans for social care.

But Mrs May’s advisers are blocking interviews by senior ministers to Sky News so instead he gave an interview to the BBC."

No 10 hit out at the channel on the day the snap election was called after Mr Boulton speculated the reason for the announcement may have been about the Prime Minister's health.

He then received a text, which he read out live on air, from Theresa May’s joint chief of staff Fiona Hill.

"You might want to tell Bunter [a nickname ascribed to Mr Boulton] that he should watch what he is saying about my boss's health, utterly unfounded and untrue,” she said.

Downing St were also reportedly angry after the broadcaster claimed Boris Johnson was being kept off the campaign trail because he was seen as a “liability”.