Sky Sports News, a channel owned by British Sky Broadcasting, is a Round-the-clock sports news channel aired in United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky Sports News was launched in 1998 and it is operated by Sky Sports. Replacing Sky Sports Center, Sky Sports News is
devoted to providing sports information from across the world.
Though this news channel is primarily focused on football fans providing all the information that one could possibly want on football, Sky Sports News also does report on some other sports including Baseball and F1. Since the channel doesn’t have the broadcasting rights of these games, they receive limited coverage.
The program format of Sky Sports News is quite entertaining as well as informative. The news is presented by two reporters. Short clips which feature the highlights as well as interview on a wide array of topics are a section of the program format. You can even get unrelated sports information as the news progresses through the tabs towards the bottom of the screen. For unrelated league tables or other information you just have to have a look at the screen sidebar.
The first live match which the channel broadcast was the Conference Play off between Exeter and Morecambe in May 2007. Until then Sky Sports News wasn’t available via digital terrestrial platforms and live sports were occupying other Sky Sports channels. Sky Sports News then went on to broadcast the Wales V/S New Zealand game and also the Espanyol V/S Barcelona game in May and December, 2007 respectively.
One more reason making Sky Sports News as famous is its coverage and speculation over Premier League Manager appointments. These speculations have been so accurate they’ve already led the Football Association to instigate investigations suggesting “insider trading. However, no action has been taken with that regard so far. Some of the most famous feats were the Newcastle United manager positions that was taken by Harry Redknapp and then again by Kevin Keegan. Along with them, the channel has additionally speculated over several Tottenham Hotspur managers.
Sky Sports News was re launched as Sky Sports.com TV. This move was taken up to tie Sky Sports News with the launch of skysports.com, the official Sky Sports website. Although the channel faced a lot of criticism in its initial years due to the content and also style, it continued its successful run. It had been because of this success that this.
Com TV was finally scrapped and retained its original name. From April 2002 to 2004 Sky Sports continued to experiment with its look. Creating a facelift and subsequently a fresh image by 2004 the channel had a host of new programs such as the Afternoon Report, Evening Update, Through the night, Good Morning Sports Fans and Sky Sports at Ten.
The final revamped look of the channel came in time with the 2007 football season. Unveiled on the 5th of August, this revamping displayed a wider reimaging of the Sky Sports brand. Though the main program format was retained, a new theme tune, new title sequence and most prominently a brand new studio became a component of the new look.
Due to its popularity, Fox Soccer Channel in United States and Fox Sports World, Canada pick up two hours of live feed and one hour of delayed feed from Sky Sports News.