Sky News

Sky News—Europe’s first 24-hour news channel—began life on February 5, 1989, one of four channels launched by Australian-born media magnate Rupert Murdoch. Based in London, the channel represented a challenge to the two main public service broadcasting news services run by the BBC and ITN. Thirty years on, Sky News is recognized as a quality news service providing extensive national and international news equal to that provided by the BBC and ITN. This entry discusses the channel’s history and ownership, its attempts to balance breaking news with more in-depth stories, its reputation, and its potential future direction.


Whatever the commercial risks of the overall project, Rupert Murdoch was taking a particular risk in launching a news channel that would have to compete against, and inevitably be ...

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