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Ashish Joshi


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WE MEET Ashish Joshi virtually. He is on holiday, spending time with his family, but being the genuinely lovely person he is, Joshi made time to speak to the GG2 Power List.

If that pang of guilt was not there then, it would be moments later. The Christmas tree looks festive, and Joshi looks relaxed. After a quick introduction to his daughter, we start to chat. He tells us that he has just moved to a new house, and most of us know how stressful it is, especially with young children. Moments later, the Sky News health correspondent reveals that in November, just weeks ago, he was in hospital with a fever spike and a leg the size of a balloon. It was the consequence of an injury he sustained while playing football with his young son three years ago.

“I thought I had the flu, and the leg pain was just because I was running around from pillar to post, as you do. My wife said, ‘Look, I think you need to go and get your leg looked at again’. So, I went off to hospital. A wonderful doctor rolled up my trouser leg and said, ‘Oh, that’s a pretty nasty abscess. Let’s pencil you in for surgery tomorrow morning’. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I was due to fly off to Thailand three days later, and that’s exactly what happened to me three years previously. I broke my leg a week before travelling to Thailand. So, my family thinks it’s a curse, and we’re not allowed to go to Thailand.”

Joshi has been at Sky News since 2004, arriving from Zee TV. Within weeks he was sent to Sri Lanka to cover the Boxing Day tsunami, being one of the first UK journalists to cover the

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