Jason Deans, broadcasting editor Thursday May 12, 2005
Burley: to host a news analysis programme between midday and 2pm
Three of Sky News’ best-known presenters – Kay Burley, Jeremy Thompson and Julie Etchingham – are to get their own shows when the network relaunches later this year. The news broadcaster is planning to introduce more standalone programmes into its rolling news schedule as part of the relaunch, in an attempt to boost ratings.
Burley – who earlier this week presented Sky One documentary Sex, Lies and Politics, looking at four decades of political sex scandals – will host a news analysis programme on Sky News between midday and 2pm.
Thompson has landed a 90-minute slot from 5pm, in which he will present a roundup of the day’s events, and Etchingham is to anchor a more in-depth daily look at news and current affairs between 7pm and 8pm.
The onscreen relaunch of Sky News programming will coincide with a move to a new studio complex at parent company BSkyB’s HQ in Osterley, west London, and the recruitment of 30 extra staff.
The head of Sky News, Nick Pollard, described the changes as the “biggest step forward in Sky News’ development since our launch 16 years ago”.
“Twenty-four hour news provision has become increasingly competitive and the expansion will ensure that Sky News continues to lead the way in breaking news,” he said.
Sky News is looking to recruit extra executive producers, producers, camera operators and editors as it staffs up for the relaunch.
Around 300 of the network’s 502 worldwide staff will be moving to its new HQ, which already houses Five News, which Sky News began producing in January.
Mr Pollard has been briefing staff today about the planned changes.