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Jason Farrell is Home Editor of Sky News and has been nominated three times as Specialist Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society (RTS). Most recently in 2018 he was shortlisted for his ground-breaking investigation into the drug Primodos. His documentary Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal was nominated as current affairs programme of the year. The film's revelations were applauded by reviewers and led to headlines around the world. It has also prompted a new government review into the medicine.
Most recently he has conducted investigations into County Lines drug dealing, the Telford child abuse scandal, schools 'off-rolling' difficult children and the Far Right. Previously, he was a Senior Political Correspondent at Sky News. He covered the 2014 Scottish referendum, the 2015 general election and the 2016 Brexit referendum, interviewing all the key politicians along the way including David Cameron during his renegotiations and Boris Johnson, as he campaigned on the infamous red bus. He travelled with Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the 2017 election and accompanied Theresa May on diplomatic missions to Japan, India, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Prior to politics Jason was a crime and investigations correspondent heading up an investigative team at Sky News that produced numerous scoops including uncovering the misselling of Swaps by high street banks that would eventually lead to big industry pay-outs. He also covered major breaking home and international news stories from the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to terrorist attacks in the UK and abroad, the Grenfell fire and the financial crisis in southern Europe. He has made several documentaries for Sky News including, The Raqqa Resistance and Brussels Terror Central. He also directed and presented the independent film Running With Bulls. Jason is co-author of the book How to Lose A Referendum (Biteback, 2017) which is considered one of the best independent explanations of the reasons behind Brexit. Prior to Sky News, Jason worked for Five News, ITV News and the BBC.