If you tune into Sky News during the day, you might notice a few changes. That’s because the channel has revamped its daytime schedule.
Long-serving presenter Kay Burley has a new show (The Kay Burley Show) which airs four days a week. It offers breaking news, interviews and “a unique persective on the day’s events”.
The News Hour sees presenter Mark Austin return from Washington to host a round-up of the day’s news at 5pm, Monday to Friday. It includes analysis from Sky News’ correspondents and interviews with those at the centre of the day’s top stories. Austin will also present a new-look 6pm news.
“With a fast-growing digital audience on the Sky News mobile app, our viewers know what’s making the headlines,” Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Sky News director of content, said in a statement.
“But what they want is more appointment to view shows. Kay and Mark are experienced news presenters, each with their own ‘take’ on the day’s stories. Embedding them more firmly in our schedule gives us a chance to give Sky News more personality and more editorial heft at a time when being a trusted news brand has never been more important.”
Other new appointments include Jason Farrell (who moves from Westminster to be the channel’s first home editor), Beth Rigby (deputy political editor) and Nick Martin (who will report on politics “from outside the Westminster bubble”).