52 Facts About Sky News


Sky News is a British free-to-air television news channel and organisation.

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Sky News is distributed via a English-language radio news service, and through online channels.

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In 2019, Sky News was named Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, the 12th time it has held the award.

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Sister channel, Sky News Arabia, is operated as a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation.

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Sky News Radio provides national and international news to commercial radio and community radio stations in the UK and other English-language stations around the world.

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Sky News Australia was part-owned by Sky News parent Sky plc until December 2016.

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Visually Sky News looked very neat, with slick and classy presentation and John O'Loan's original vocation as an architect showing in the studio set.

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Sky News, it was universally agreed as staff nodded in vigorous approval, had succeeded rather better at the same thing.

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Sky News was the UK's first 24-hour news channel, broadcast on Astra 1A.

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In March 2004, Sky News was announced to have won a five-year contract to supply news bulletins to Channel 5, taking over from ITN in January 2005.

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On 24 October 2005, Sky News moved to new studios in Isleworth, Greater London, and underwent a major on-screen revamp.

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On 1 October 2007, Sky News introduced another new schedule, extending Kay Burley's Lunchtime Live programme and renaming it Afternoon Live.

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Sky News put more emphasis on interactive news with Martin Stanford's new SkyNews.

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In preparation for the start of high-definition broadcasting, Sky News moved to its second studio on the morning of 30 March 2010.

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On 24 October 2016, Sky News began broadcasting from a new studio at Sky Central, Sky's new headquarters in West London.

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In January 2017, Sky moved its business operations into the News Building in central London.

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On 16 January 2018, Sky moved all its news operations over to Studio 21, "the glass box", and a new studio in Sky Studios.

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In January 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority issued a preliminary report recommending that Sky News be insulated from the remainder of Murdoch's assets, or divested, in order to preserve its editorial independence.

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Comcast subsequently pursued a counter-offer for Sky News only, resulting in the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers ordering that a blind auction be held between Comcast and Fox.

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On 3 June 2021, Sky News updated its top-of-the-hour sequence, soundtrack and on-screen graphics package.

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Sky News is available internationally on cable systems, on satellite, and in some hotels.

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Sky News is not available on Sky Deutschland, Sky plc's offering in Germany, but is available on Sky Italia.

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On 19 June 2013, Sky News International was added to Apple TV for users in the UK, Ireland, and the United States.

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Since its acquisition by Comcast, Sky News has been made available in the US on the Peacock streaming service run by NBCUniversal, and simulcast on MSNBC and NBC News Now during events of major significance such as the Russo-Ukrainian War and the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Sky News Australia was one-third owned by Sky plc until December 2016, when it was acquired by News Corp Australia.

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Sky News Arabia, broadcasting in Arabic and headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, launched in 2012.

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Until 2017, Sky News had a resource-sharing agreement with CBS News in the United States to share footage and reporting.

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In July 2017, in the wake of Sky's pending takeover by 21st Century Fox, and NBC News acquiring a stake in Euronews, CBS ended the agreement and entered into a similar deal with the BBC.

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Sky News moved operations to a chroma-key set in Studio B from 30 March 2010, so final preparations for HD could take place in the main newsroom.

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The loop continued until Sky News HD was launched on the evening of 6 May 2010, coinciding with the coverage of the 2010 general election results, hosted by Adam Boulton.

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On 26 July 2010, Sky News HD launched on the OSN Network, broadcasting to the Middle East and Africa.

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Sky News Radio provides news bulletins to radio stations in the United Kingdom and to other English-language radio stations around the world.

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Over three days, Sky News will explore why Pakistan has become the frontline of terror and ask what the West can do about it.

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Sky News operates under Ofcom broadcasting regulations which require impartial, unbiased coverage and prevent the channel from being encrypted in the UK.

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Sky News remains, as far as I can see, free of party political bias.

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MacKenzie's proposed changes to Sky News led to clashes with CEO Sam Chisholm and the head of Sky News, Ian Frykberg, who protested at what they saw as an attempt to take the channel's news values downmarket.

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MacKenzie announced his resignation in August 1994, but not before Sky News had transmitted live pictures of the freeway chase of O J Simpson's white Bronco on 17 June 1994, bringing US helicopter journalism to the UK.

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When Sky News returned to a regular schedule, viewers demanded the trial coverage be continued.

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Sky News picked up objects and briefly described what he had before putting them down and saying "we shouldn't really be doing this I suppose, really".

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Sky News stated both Brazier "and Sky News apologise profusely for any offence caused".

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The Sky News team did not accompany the submarine when it left port and the scenes were actually recorded whilst the vessel was docked.

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Sky News had falsely suggested that Murat, who was assisting in the search of McCann, had acted like child murderer Ian Huntley following McCann's disappearance.

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Sky News falsely accused Murat of misleading journalists into thinking he was working for the police.

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Sky News was alleged to have breached the injunction on the day of their release around from Somalia, leading the Attorney General to seek permission at the High Court to bring contempt proceedings.

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Sky News won BAFTA awards for coverage of the 11 September 2001 attacks and the 2002 Soham murders.

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In June 2007, Sky News was named Best News Channel at the Broadcast Digital Channel Awards.

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In 2018, Sky News was named Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, the eleventh time the channel had won the award.

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Sky News won a BAFTA Award in the News Category on 13 May 2018 for "The Rohingya Crisis".

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In November 2014, Sky News sponsored the Young Person in Business category of the National Chamber Awards.

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Sky News has bureaus across the world; some are operated in conjunction with other media outlets.

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In 2021, to bring the website in line with the new Sky News branding on-screen minor tweaks were made such as font updates and updated breaking news graphics.

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Daily Telegraph reported in November 2021, "Sky News's top performing shows, including Trevor Phillips on Sunday, average around 160,000 viewers".

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