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Just in time for the new football season, Sky Sports News is to be rebranded and to move to a different channel slot.

From August 12, Sky Sports News will be called Sky Sports News HQ, and will be found on channel 401. Other Sky Sports channels will move one slot up the electronic programme guide.

Sky promises "even more breaking news across a streamlined TV, digital and mobile service."

Sky Sports HQ "will put the viewer at the heart of sports news with a new schedule, upgraded studio and improved digital services including redesigned apps and integrated social media coverage."

The new schedule will feature new programmes and features, as well as a greater emphasis on reporting stories under investigation. Sky will have a team of over 200 staff, including 32 reporters, and 20 presenters.

The new studio is almost twice the size of the previous, and includes an 18 square-metre video wall.

The Sky Sports apps and website have also been redesigned, and will offer catch-up video clips and additional content.

A dedicated social media desk will report on what's being said on social media. Plus viewers will be able to have their say via apps, skysports.com, and social media.

"Sky Sports News is the number one sports news service in the UK & Ireland and we aim to make it even better," Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, said in a statement. "The launch of Sky Sports News HQ will extend and enhance the experience across TV, mobile and online.

"It's just the latest innovation from a channel that's pioneered sports news broadcasting for over 15 years. And by launching on channel 401, we want Sky Sports News HQ to be the first port of call for sports fans, transforming the way they follow sport in a multiplatform era."

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