Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the British channel. For the Australian channel, see Sky News Australia. Available only in Europe and United States. Sky News is a British news organisation, which operates a TV network of the same name, a radio news service, and distributes news through online channels. It is owned by Sky, a division of Comcast. John Ryley is the Head of Sky News, a role he has held since June 2006. A sister channel, Sky News Arabia, is operated as a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation. Another sister channel, Sky News Australia, was part owned by Sky News parent Sky plc until December 2016. Sky News started broadcasting at 6 pm on 5 February 1989. 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.
By March 1992, Sky News’ parent company turned from loss to profit. On the channel’s growth, Murdoch said at that time: «Sky News, has quietly, if expensively, become the first building block of what we envision will become the premier worldwide electronic news-gathering network anywhere. Sky News was the UK’s first 24-hour news channel, broadcast on Astra 1A. It had no local competition until November 1997 when BBC News launched a new 24-hour channel, BBC News 24, now known simply as BBC News.
This section needs additional citations for verification. In March 2004 it was announced that Sky News had won a five-year contract to supply news bulletins to Channel 5, taking over from ITN in January 2005. On 24 October 2005, Sky News moved to new studios in Isleworth, London, and underwent a major on-screen revamp. New York architects Janson Design Group. The 2005 relaunch also saw the introduction of a new schedule designed around «appointment to view» programmes rather than continuous rolling news. In response to the schedule’s unpopularity with viewers, changes took place in July 2006, involving the removal of the evening programmes replaced by rolling news and an interactive programme, Sky News with Martin Stanford, and the return to a two-presenter format on Sky News Today. These changes came at the time of the arrival of John Ryley, who is still the head of Sky News. On 1 October 2007 Sky introduced another new schedule, extending Kay Burley’s Lunchtime Live programme and renaming it Afternoon Live. It also switched to a new format for much of the day, with a solo lead presenter and a summary newsreader. 2 pm, The Live Desk, and Martin Stanford’s Sky. More changes took place during the early part of 2009. The Live Desk and the extension of the financial news programme Jeff Randall Live to run for four nights each week, Monday to Thursday.