Wednesday 15 May 2019 2:34 pm

Huawei snaps up top Sky News journalist as senior spin doctor

Embattled Chinese tech firm Huawei has hired a veteran Sky News journalist as its new senior spin doctor as it ramps up efforts to quash accusations of spying.

Senior Sky News editor Paul Harrison, who previously served as the network’s royal and business correspondent, has said he will join Huawei in a senior communications role this summer.

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“I’ll miss the hugely talented and truly lovely people who make Sky News the force it is today,” Harrison wrote on Twitter. “I am equally excited about joining a company at the centre of the global news agenda at such a pivotal time for 5G and AI.”

Harrison did not specify his exact role, but the company has been advertising for a new head of media relations based in London.

The move is the latest high-profile hire by Huawei as it fights off allegations that its equipment could be used for spying by Chinese authorities.

Last month the firm snapped up former White House national security adviser Samir Jain as a lobbyist.

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The appointment of Jain, who served under the Obama administration, prompted outrage from US President Donald Trump, who has led calls for a ban on the Chinese firm.

The Shenzhen-based company also employs Irish ex-journalist Joe Kelly in its communications department, as well as former British government IT wonk John Suffolk as its head of cyber security.