Sky Sports News, a channel of 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 is operated by Sky Sports. Replacing Sky Sports Center, Sky Sports News is dedicated to
providing sports information from across the world.
Though this news channel is mainly 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 does not have the broadcasting rights of such 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 that feature the highlights along with interview on a wide variety of topics undoubtedly are a part of the program format. You can also get unrelated sports information as the news progresses throughout the tabs at the bottom of your screen. For unrelated league tables or other information you just have to take a look at the screen sidebar.
The first live match that the channel broadcast was the Conference Play off between Exeter and Morecambe in May 2007. Before this Sky Sports News was not available via digital terrestrial platforms and live sports were occupying other Sky Sports channels. Sky Sports News then proceeded to broadcast the Wales V/S New Zealand game as well as the Espanyol V/S Barcelona game in May and December, 2007 respectively.
Another 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 until now. Some of the most famous feats were the Newcastle United manager positions that had been taken by Harry Redknapp and then again by Kevin Keegan. Together with them, the channel has also 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 plenty of criticism in its initial years due to the content and also style, it continued its successful run. It had been due to 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. Giving it a facelift and subsequently a new image by 2004 the channel had a host of brand new programs including the Afternoon Report, Evening Update, Through the night, Good Morning Sports Fans and Sky Sports at Ten.
The ultimate revamped look of the channel arrived in time with the 2007 football season. Unveiled on the 5th of August, this revamping displayed a wider reimaging of the Sky Sports brand. Although the main program format was retained, a new theme tune, new title sequence and most prominently a brand new studio became a part of the new look.
Owing to its popularity, Fox Soccer Channel in United States and Fox Sports World, Canada acquire 2 hours of live feed and one hour of delayed feed from Sky Sports News.