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There are pluses and minuses of Sky News. The main plus, of course, is the convenience. It has rolling 24 hour news and a web service. News whenever you want it, wherever you want it.
But then, there are the things that aren't so great about Sky News - the things that they brush under the carpet and pretend aren't there. Firstly, of course, there is the giant pachyderm in the room - the Murdoch empire, of which this is a facet. I personally dislike it when one man owns *that* much of our country's media, but I suppose I've never been to a country club so my opinion counts for very little in these matters.
The other things that annoy me about Sky News include, but, my God, are not limited to, the following: poor statistical analysis, poor spelling (I mean come on, is it so hard to type the headline right?) unfair reporting (they may claim to avoid bias, but just look at their editorial decisions a little more closely, and you'll see that that's not true,) and insensitive reporters (they have been fined on many occasions for over-stepping their bounds, including picking through the belongings of dead passengers after aircraft disasters, and the famous incident of Kay Burley telling volunteers that police had turned the April Jones search into a murder investigation before the police had had a chance to inform them.)
Sometimes, they achieve fair reporting and ask sensible questions in interviewers - I just wish that they would try to do this more often. I mean really, the resources they have at their disposal do not mean they can lie back and rely on lazy journalism.
I am a big fan of the sky news channel(Channel 501 on sky tv) I have been relying on Sky news for my daily regularly updates on what is going on in the world.It is always the first channel I put on when I get up every day and want to watch the news and see what is going on in the world of news.I am not a bit fan of the presenters especially Eamon Holmes in the mornings he drives me crazy with his comments and very unfunny jokes but it still does not bother me that much or I would stop watching the channel.I always know that when I switch on to sky news I will have the latest world wide news within ten minutes of switching on.They are always first to report breaking news out of the Uk news channels and they usually have a reporter on the scene pretty quickly so I know that I am always getting the most up to date reports.The 24 hour a day reporting and news shows is the biggest advantage Sky news has over the other news channels and it is great to know that I can just turn on the tv any time of the day or night and watch what is going on in the world....I do tend to watch a lot of news and sky news is definitely repetitive after a while but I understand that this is a necessity due to watchers tuning in at various times of the day.
Sky news is the only news channel i watch now because whilst it does have ad breaks, they arent long and there is little sport. Thats what i love about thrm, there is a brief sports report, a couple lines said, a round up of the scores and thats it, it gets back to reporting on Syria, or global disasters. Their business section is longer than the sports bulletin and thats a good thing, it makes sense because sky have a sports channel, when i want to watch sports news i flick over to that, end of.
The channel has great reporters who dont stumble or make any silly random comments, they even have reporters who are trained in local languages to the places they are reporting from. E.g chinese, arabic and hindi. Their reports are not too long and whilst some have poor picture or sound quality (e.g Syria) this is not their fault, as the internet stream connection is poor. The reporters do a good job and try to cover everything in the story.
Their facts and figures are bang on, up to date and they now have a stock ticker in the top left hand corner of the screen to monitor the markets constantly. The timetable is shared evenly with different stories except when breaking news comes in or there is a serious story that is going on live. This usually happens with say for example, the Riots last year or a terrorist attack such as 7/7.
The channel is on 24/7 and even in the early hours of the morning they do special reports and carry on doing the news and weather, with breaking news stories now and then. Their weather reports are very good, accurate and tell you the temperatures of the major towns and cities. Unlike other news channels they also do the weather long range, for europe and the rest of the world.
I really enjoynwatching sky news, its just something to watch when theres nothing else on and late at night you can see what the next days papers are with a bit of humour from famous paper editors or even authors who have a huge interest in current affairs.
Along with BBC News, Sky news is the largest news channel in the UK. One the one hand the channel's coverage can be said to be efficient in that the SKy News reportage team appears well-distrubuted and both fast and efficient, with Sky News sometimes reporting breaking news stories before the BBC have gotten wind of them.
On the other hand however, Sky News frequently appears somewhat hysterical, contributing greatly to whipping up the usual tabloid-style media frenzies in order to boost its viewing figures. The various stories are frequently reported in a rather unsophisticated and one-dimensional manner, complete with vulgar, over-the top computer graphics (one segment on the Afghanistan War saw a giant rotating CGI apache helicopter slowly spinning in front of the news desk) and the presenters all look like either dodgy used car sales men or disgruntled school dinnerladies.
One woman presenter, whose name escapes me, comes across as an aggressive and insensitive hack, inquiring, in one instance, to the traumatised partner of a truck driver who murdered several prostitutes whether she thought that "he might not have killled had their sex life been better".
Sky News is useful given it's devotion to up-to-date coverage, but it can be quite nauseating to sit through and all reports must, as is also true with bbc news, be digested carefully in order to seperate fact from hysteria and obfuscation.
Brash, arrogant, egotistical. Sky News has been on the air since the 5th February 1989, and in over 21 years has yet to understand the basic tennets of news journalism. Like it's tabloid stablemate 'The Sun' it favours the style over substance approach that has become the trademark of the Rupert Murdoch News Corporation.
First and foremost, unlike it's main rival BBC news 24 it is a commercial television channel which means that unlike the BBC which is funded through the licensing fee, it relies upon private funding. How can a company with responsibilities to profit and shareholders truly deliver impartiality.
It can't. Witness the recent British election coverage. While not demonstrating the truly sickening bias shown by Fow News during the recent US Presidential race backing John McCain and their continual worship of Sarah Palin, Sky News abandoned all preconcepts of Edward R Morrow journalism and instead with all the Murdoch owned British Media (i.e The Sun, News of the World, Times) backed The Conservative Party. Now think about that for one minute. How can news have an opinion. News is just facts. Sky News is not News.
What Sky News does is quite simple, the take a news item and deliver as their opinion, therefore forming the unwary viewers opinion. I imaginine that someone with enough time, patience and money could probably take Sky News to the Trading Standards commision for the use of the word 'News' in their title.
Their tactics as displayed by the quite dreadful hosts (and I use that phrase rather than journalists) Kay Burley and Adam Boulton are simple. In any other arena they would be disciplined for bullying. Here they will talk over guests, cutting into responses to interrupt speech. There will be those who would argue that Jeremy Paxman has done this for years. The difference is that he applied his brand of questioning to all parties. Sky approach to Cameron as opposed to the departed former PM Gordon Brown was quite a stark contrast, and a sickening one at that.
True the BBC isn't perfect but it's coverage can certainly be more fair and balanced as proven by the quality of it's staff i.e David Dimbleby. It's news has been censured in the past, but it's a lot more trustworthy and I don't need Noel Gallagcher telling me how great it is. Although I am grateful that Sky News did provide one of the comedy moments of the decade when poor Adam Boulton made the mistake of trying to uses his tactics on Alastair Campbell and came off decidedly worse for the ware. Check it out on youtube.
If Sky News was nothing more than the pokey little upstart it should be, then I would take it as the amusing little comedy channel that it is, just like Fox News in America (watch Glenn Beck if you ever get the chance, it's hilarious and spinechilling at the same time). The problem is that this private enterprise which is available to the highest bidder has backed the winning politcical party for the last thirty years. We as an audience believe what we see on the TV without question. But after this diatribe, if nothing else, the next time you watch the news just ask one question. Why? You may never get the answer, but it'll get you thinking.
Sky News is a channel on freeview that everyone should be able to receive fo free whether or not you have a Sky Subscription that runs 24 hours a day. It used to be on channel 501 on sky but this may change depending upon your internet or TV package provider. For example, it is on channel 602 on Virgin media.
I find myself gravitating towards Sky News normally as the first place I look if I hear some breaking news. I also turn over to Sky News if there is just nothing I fancy watching on TV as I would rather watch something factual than just sit flicking through channels endlessly until something I like comes on TV.
The only problem I have with Sky News is they tend to repeat the same stories every 15 minutes. So, technically, if you watch this for an hour they will have gone over the same news stories four times. This can get annoying and boring.
I like how there is a strip that runs along the bottom of the screen that gives you breaking news or headlines- so it is a good channel to watch if you are pressed for time- for example whilst you are having your breakfast before you leave for work or whilst you are waiting for a partner or your kids to get ready to go out. I think the 15 minute news rotation and the strip along the bottom of the screen lends itself to concise news- so it is possible for you to be fully up to date on all the major news stories in the world if you have just watched Sky News for 10-15 minutes whilst you were waiting to go out.
I find if I turn over and have this channel on in the background for any length of time, I start to get bored when I start to hear the same stories. At the moment the Elections are featuring heavily, but it is not constant coverage- even today on polling day, there is a lot of world news on. On the programme listings, the channel splits its time into hour or half hour slots. Mainly it will just say "News, sport, weather" or "Sky News at Six" but sometimes you get a special slot with a commentator or a special programme so this is not just someone sat reading the news to you from behind a desk 24 hours a day.
I like how the time is displayed on the screen too- in the same way as BBC News 24. Sky News is better than BBC News 24 as it is more about World News and their coverage of events seems to be quicker with breaking news than other news channels. The newsreaders are normally one man and one woman and the studio is brightly lit with a view of a back office in the background- computers and desks etc., I always find it funny when you see someone walking past or ducking in the background! Yes this still happens.
There are lots of adverts on Sky News though which can also be infuriating. As the adverts seem to go on forever- this is annoying if you are following an unfolding story. So in this sense, BBC News 24 is better as there are no adverts on the BBC.
Overall, I like Sky News but find it cannot be watched for hours and hours as they do repeat the same stories several times an hour- so it is more intended to give you a round up of the world's news in a short timeframe.
Sky news is one of the multi platform 24 hour news channels available on cable and digital TV , I have had sky for several years but have recently noticed how hysterical sky news can be at times
They have been broadcasting for over 20 years and can at times be the first to bring breaking news stories and if you miss the first broadcast you can pick it up via the ticker at the bottom of the screen , another good feature is the fact that if your viewing by sky you can press the red button on the remote and watch certain reports again at your leisure
Sky News however seem to forget at times there is more to the UK than the south of England and often are quite slow to report or may even at times ignore stories north of the Watford gap in my opinion
I have also noticed recently that Sky News can become very hysterical over certain matter , for example the recent ash crises , was as far as sky was concerned the end of the world , again though they felt the most important place to report from was Heathrow and only give lip service to the rest of the country
Whilst the 24 hour news is definitely an advantage to our lifestyles now days this type of hysterical reporting can really be detrimental to the story
Whenever I need to see the news I switch to Sky News which is on channel 501 and it is normally the first to break news on important news and it is very informative, it is 24 hours and it does not matter what time a news is breaking it still brings it to air immediately from all over the world.
It gives the summary of news on a strip on the bottom of the screen so you do not miss any, and so can still view that while viewing the main news.
It can be view online at www.skynews.com which is also handy to catch up on the days events.
The television channel has showbiz news and gossip, sports, politics, finance and the weather. They also do interviews with people when a topic is talked about. It talks about all the events that are in the papers either that day or another day.
It covers all areas of the news and sport from all over the world and if they are talking about a certain topic, they immediately go the the news from a reporter based in that particular area or just read it as it is announced.
I sometimes switch off and put back on again in a couple of hours and a breaking news can be there to be seen.
Gone are the days we had just a couple of half hours a day to see the news it is ready available anytime of the day or night, although I do at times think it continually repeats itself but that is the aim, to allow people who have missed it to see it.
News is important to all of us and it is beneficial to us all.
I rate it a 5 star.
Sky news in my opinion is the best news site for the uk.
I visit this on a regular basis and I have the iphone application (it's free to download), and they are both great.
Sky news home page has up to date news stories from all over the uk, and any worldwide breaking news. I find that Sky news is always the first to cover major news stories and their stories are constantly updated 24 hours a day.
They have other sections for sport and showbiz, and various other categories, so you know that the news stories on the home page are the most relevant and most recent.
The site is easy to navigate and very informative.
Each news story on the home page is accompanied with a relevant video and they just have the first few lines of the story, which you can click on to read more of the story, but if you are just looking for a quick update on what's going on in the news then the headlines on the home page are all that you need.
The other elements of the site, such as the sports section are all kept just as up to date as the home page, and they all have their own special features and different styles.
This is a great site for a quick update or a more lengthy news fix.
Sky News - The world in your hands
Sky News is part of the Murdoch group of companies, and of course that all famous Sky TV. The site provides a vast array of up to the minute news, in a very easy to comprehend format.
The first thing you will notice when you visit sky news, is the top stories section, which features key headlines, with short silent 10 second video clips to accompany them. For myself, this is a real bonus, as it enables me to identify the key news's stories of interest to myself.
Below this, is a section containing the latest stories of the day, which have often headlines the top stories section before. This is followed by an editors pick, which usually has a gallery, then more of the latest news stories. Along side this on the left are blogs from the presenters and writers who make and break the news. These often provide some fascinating incites into their views and opinions on articles and the future. To the right of the sight, are adverts, the top news video highlight and the news's in pictures, a feature I love which lives up to the saying "a picture can tell a thousand words!".
The site contains a number of news sections "home" being the main headlines, with UK News, World News, Business, Politics and Show Biz news forming the key sections.
An added bonus is the Video section, featuring a wide and varied library of video's on the latest news. With the added benefit of videos on wired and wonderful happenings.
The Summary - If you want to be in the know, the Sky News is the place to go
Sky News is a 24/7 international news broadcaster that is primarily broadcast within the UK. However there are versions in Australia and New Zealand. It runs on a rolling news basis with the latest breaking news, weather and sport every 15 minutes.
The program is available in several different formats on TV, online, on the iPod Touch/Phone and through Sky News Active. I find that I am able to keep up to date with all the latest news throughout the day through the various formats.
There are over forty on screen presenters including Eamonn Holmes, Francis Wilson, Steve Dixon, Martin Stanford, Jeff Randall, Adam Boulton and many others.
They are always the first to report Breaking News, deaths in Afganhastan and more recently the death of music legend Michael Jackson. Sky News broadcast Michael Jackson's entire memorial in a feature length program.
Sky News is available through Satellite, Cable and Freeview/sat.
I like to watch Sky News while I am getting ready in the morning, as it delivers the information in a way that it will stay with you for the rest of the day.
I recommend that you listen to Sky News, if you like to keep up to date with the latest UK, World, Business and Weather News 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Sky news in my opinion is the best source of up to date and breaking news both nationally and internationally. I find that if there is any particular news breaking, i will always tune into sky news via my sky remote. in order to find a full and comprehensive bulletin featuring the main news of the day.
They also have an interactive red button at the top left hand corner of the screen. Which is activated by the red button on your sky remote control. This will allow you to view multiple smaller screens and select a story or that is of particular intrest to you. These screens always contain up to date news stories, showbiz reports, political news and sporting news of the day.
I love sky news as I believe it is particularly well presented. It is passionate about providing the latest information and is always the front runner in providing breaking news. There is also a constant stream of updates regarding the lastest news, displayed in text across the bottom of the screen.
The news presenters are very proffessional and very experienced journalists. with an obvious passion for the news they are delivering. I particularly like Kay burley as she is like a little pit bull when questioning politicians or ouside broadcasters. She certainly leaves no news making stone unturned and i love this ruthless desire in her to provide the truth for her viewers.
When ever there is a serious news story that particularly intrests me i find that i utilize sky news on a more regular basis. as it always offers a more in depth view than other news channels. This often includes live streaming of the main news. This included the funerals of Stephen Gateley and Jade Goody. I also found that throughout the Madeline Macann disappearance sky news were constantly updating and providing viewers with regular news feeds in order to keep viewers well informed.
I love the fact that I am able to get a comprehensive and well informed news story 24 hours a day. I have great respect for sky news and find the news team, reporters and presenters excellent in the job that they do. Sky news is also online so if you need a quick insight into the days news it is available on your computer too.
There is also a great financial news bulletin which is updated through out the day. This features news from shock markets and the strength of the pound etc. I personally find this boring but realise that many people will be particularly intrested in this. On the flip side of the coin they have aq light hearted look at the mornings papers picking out wierd and wonderful news stories which always raises a giggle. So whatever your needs sky news is able to provide you with information.
My dad is mad for the news, honest he can sit and watch these rolling news channels 24 hours a day until he goes to the loo and someone else can grab the remote! He's always been a BBC News 24 man but recently he's been complaining about the CONSTANT politics on there so we've been watching Sky News more.
I prefer Sky News to BBC actually because it's a lot more down to earth I think, also the set up of the studio makes it look and feel like a more modern channel to watch.
The presenters are all good, Kay Burley is my fave because for a middle aged woman she's got a brill flirting technique and can drag answers out of the most cagey politician! She deals with a lot of human interest stories as well as the main news stories and talks about her own children and family sometimes so I think that makes her appear a lot more approachable than a lot of the presenters.
I also like Colin Brazier because he seems a nice bloke and this comes across in how he reads the news. Actually all the presenters on Sky News come across as very down to earth and you can sort of tell that when they're telling the viewers about a particularly sad story that they actually care instead of just reading off the autocue and not giving a damn deep down.
Today's a good example. Don't read if you're easily upset but I reckon this story will live with me for a long time and it quite upset me today. A little girl aged 5 was murdered by her mentally ill mother, her mum had paranoid schizophrenia and stabbed the little girl 50 times after gutting her bedroom and turning her bed into an altar. This has come up in the headlines a couple of times that I've seen today and both presenters have looked shocked and sad about this, I particularly thought the woman presenter who read the story looked sickened but at the same time there was definately some sympathy for the mother who probably deserved some even though she'd done this horrible thing.
Sky News give weather info but it's honestly about as useful as any other channel which is not much! lol The weather people on Sky are ok with good personalities but there is one that I can't stand for some reason, you know when you just take in instant dislike to someone? That's me and Lisa Burke, she stutters through the forecast and thank god she doesn't come on very often or I'd have to keep switching off! lol I think a lot of it is that she's about 25 or something but dresses like an old spinster and that does my head in! lol
I recommend Sky News because it's a lot more wide ranging than BBC News 24, I get sick of hearing about Gordon Brown and other stuff that's going on in politics so Sky News is a nice change and a chance to hear about other stuff that's going on in the world.
If I am ever going to watch a news channel, it will be Sky News: they are virtually unprecedented for their robust coverage of some of the world's most memorable events, and in particular I recall their coverage of September 11th 2001 to be especially tasteful, calm, and up to the minute. They are the kings of news, and far better than their over-the-seas counterparts.
Sky News is in fact a 24-hour news channel that covers news around the clock. During the day, there will always be a live presenter covering the day's news, while a wealth of breaking information crawls across the bottom of the screen. The channel is quite frantic but the presenters keep it together and make sure you're never disorientated. In fact, the show is very good at breaking away to a major story as it happens, and the sudden nature of 9/11 in particular is perhaps the best instance of that: they were on the scene within minutes with video footage and interviews with people on the ground.
There is also a huge variety of programming given that they have 24 hours to fill; nothing is left unturned, and the show covers business, fashion, entertainment and international news, as well as more fluffy human interest stories. Also, through their Sky Active feature, you can cherry-pick your own programming and watch any number of different looped streams of news, which often includes a direct stream to the Houses of Parliament during crucial events.
The channel is presented in a very robust way that makes it appear far more modern and streamlined than the likes of the Beeb, with colourful, slick graphics darting across the screen, which no doubt helps older viewers in particular.
I would simply not watch another news channel because none of them can provide the depth that Sky News can, and they're free of the overly political stance that terrible news networks like FOX News take. It does, however, have a huge surplus of adverts.
Sky news is a good news channel that I watch quite a lot, however one of its main flaws is its over the top presentation that draws attention from the facts of the news. It is though very good and in depth at covering elections that are always very well covered especially with the US presidential elections which showed both sides of the candidates well interviewing and showing the viewer about the feelings and issues affecting voters around America. Also there press preview I also watch regularly and is worth watching if they have quite opinunated guests that review the papers with a strong opinion where as those who are not that political make it quite dull to watch. Overall I would recomend Sky news as it is a good news channel and reports certain things very well such as those I have listed above and also with a range of good reporters who present it well.