Rupert Murdoch, who founded Sky Television, is reported to have thought about a news channel for his fledging television operation as far back as 1987. The initial idea was to put journalists from Murdoch’s newspaper empire in front of the cameras, and they would read the news. Murdoch’s thinking was that as he had so many journalists working for him at The Times, The Sun, and The News of the World, all part of his News Corp. organisation, he could tap that talent pool. Additionally, and although BSkyB does not have to provide a news service, a 24-hour news channel, such as Sky News, was seen as giving BSkyB credibility and viability as a serious broadcaster. This entry discusses the history of Sky News, its ...

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