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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:33 pm

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Sky News will this week unveil sweeping changes, understood to include job cuts and the axing of underperforming programmes introduced for the network's relaunch last autumn.



Top of the Sky News hit list is believed to be Sky Report with Julie Etchingham, the hour-long 7pm daily bulletin providing a roundup and analysis of the day's events.



World News Tonight with James Rubin, which follows the Sky Report at 8pm, is also thought to be under threat.



The Sky Report is well resourced by Sky News' standards, with around 30 dedicated staff - many recruited from the BBC and ITN - but has failed to boost significantly the channel's ratings since the relaunch in October.



Etchingham, who is highly regarded by Sky News management, is expected to stay with the broadcaster and other Sky Report staff are thought likely to be redeployed to other areas of the channel's output.



However, it is understood some jobs will go from Sky Report, among the wider Sky News staff cuts.



Sky News executives are said to have yesterday begun talking to individual staff who may be affected by the cuts, with a formal announcement to all employees about the planned changes expected on Friday.



The presentation to staff is expected to be made by Nick Pollard, the head of Sky News, or possibly the Sky Networks managing director, Dawn Airey.



It was announced last month Mr Pollard was to leave Sky News in September, after more than a decade at the helm of the award-winning channel.



He is to be replaced by the Sky News executive editor, John Ryley, who is about to leave the UK to follow a two-month business and finance course at Wharton University in the US.





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Post by calciofan » Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:16 am

I've watched quite a few of The Sky Report programmes and there have been some great stories and features, but I think the problem was that it was too long and also at the wrong time.



World News Tonight has also featured some great stories - especially over the last few weeks, but we all know what the problem with that programme is!



They should have created more 30-minute programmes like PMQ and Sportsline. Maybe a Bussiness one and a World News one through the week, and an entertainment one at the weekends would have been good. The weekend Paper Review should also be extended to 30 minutes.



I think an analysis of the day's stories would have been best placed at about 9pm or 10pm with Jeremy and Julie.



Sunrise, Sky News Today AM, Lunchtime Live, Live at Five, Saturday Live and Sunday Live are all fine.



The presenters need changing for the Sky News Today PM and the overnight coverage is really poor.



The content is also one of the main problems - less entertainment and sport please!!

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Post by sky.dub » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:11 am

I thought the Sky Report was good actually! The timing was bad though. So Ginny and Rubin will be axed? Anna will move to co-presenting with Jeremy again? What else and who else?



Any thoughts on Eamon Holmes?



Hopefully the constant reiteration on Sky News will be dropped like telling us about the email address and most annoyingly telling us about Active every 10 minutes, even when there is a strap telling that.

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Post by guvnorgaz » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:29 am

Where does it say Ginny will be axed?

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Post by eagleeye » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:31 am

Back to only Brit news tabloid stuff then & the likes of Littlejohn? (omg LJ in HD aaaaaaaaaa).

I liked the Sky Report and Rubin's programme format, even if he was surprisingly awkward in front of the camera. I like world news....it has to be an integral part of a news channel imo.



Who is losing their job - front of cam or behind?

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Post by del » Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:43 am

Wonder if Eammon Holmes will go....he's just not Sky News, you see him and you think "silly man from GMTV."



Or at least I do....



I prefer the Dixon-Crosby and/or Dixon-Foster pairing as seen on Friday's and Weekends. Much more refreshing, even if Emma Crosby does speak a bit quietly.



Also, I think there's a fair mix of showbiz and sport, there's bound to be a lot of sport because of the world cup, but ShowBiz doesn't seem very "big."

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Post by HOWIE » Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:04 am

I hope all of the new presenters go apart from Anna Jones, bring back the usual faces Emma & Steve Dixon, Allan & Viv.

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Post by st1407 » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:01 am

So, I hope SKY News will come back to more rolling news formats in the evening and 30-minute shows like Sportsline.



I think James Rubin will stay at SKY - but not as an anchor - I think he will be an analyst.

So, when will we hear more about the changes?

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Post by del » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:06 am

Sky News executives are said to have yesterday begun talking to individual staff who may be affected by the cuts, with a formal announcement to all employees about the planned changes expected on Friday.so from. "breaking news, the world cup has begun" to "breaking news, some of us are going!"

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Post by HOWIE » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:08 am

Who do you think will stay and go ?

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