Alongisde Wilson’s departure, Lorna Dunkley and Samantha Simmonds are also leaving the broadcaster

Sky News
will have a new trimmed-down presenter line-up following the EU referendum, with three of its on-screen anchors leaving in the last week.

Andrew Wilson, Lorna Dunkley and Samantha Simmonds are all leaving broadcaster.

Wilson informed colleagues in an email early last week, while Sky boss John Ryley told staff Dunkley and Simmonds were leaving on Friday afternoon.

In his email, Wilson said that among “lots of reasons” for leaving, the move to a new Sky News studio meant that “if ever there were a moment to part with an organisation with which I share so much history, this is it”. He had been at the channel for more than 22 years.

Ryley’s emails about Dunkley and Simmonds gave no reason for their leaving. However, the departures are thought to be part of a cost-saving drive.

In 14 years at Sky Dunkley had anchored coverage of the 7/7 bombings in London and the Iraq war, while Simmonds had covered stories including the recent terror attacks in Tunisia and the death of Michael Jackson during her 10-year career there.

Sky News did not offer any comment, other than to confirm the departures.

The departures of the three presenters follows the announcement in May that head of content John McAndrew would be leaving Sky News after more than a decade. McAndrew was number three at Sky News, reporting to Ryley and Graham McWilliam, Sky’s former corporate affairs director, who was named deputy head of Sky News last July.