The Crucible, Sheffield and snooker is like Lords and cricket. It is its rightful home and any move away from the BBC and towards China will kill the sport here the way the Olympics did in Beijing. Sheffield has just signed a deal to keep the current World Championships at Sheffield until 2007 but that doesn’t mean the BBC will show it. Barry Hearn pushed up the price on Sheffield council and the BBC but with councils tight on money right now and the BBC dumping its main sporting portfolio you should make the most of the event as a TV viewer. I personally think the BBC will dump snooker very soon and a move to ITV very likely. If it was held in China you can only image the audience and sponsorship deals.
The tournament got underway proper with no fewer than five World Champions bounced out in round one at the Crucible. It was the fist time a defended champion - Stuart Bingham - and the guy he played in the final –Shawn Murphy – had fallen in the World Championships in the first round. That would not be the first record broken this week. Neil Robertson followed them losing 6-10 to Michael Holt and less glamorous Graeme Dott losing to ex champ Mark Williams 6-10. Peter Ebdon was massacred by Marco Fu.
Bingham had a tough draw against Ali Carter and it went to the last frame but the World Champion having a poor year since the 2015 final when he became that unfashionable and rather plain champion like Graeme Dott did. The likeable Murphy, alas, lost 8-10 to the battling Anthony McGill, last year’s surprise quarter-finalist. Any player in the top eight could take world number one spot from Mark Selby if they won the 2016 title, the players that close these days. With an unseeded draw you rarely get walkovers at Sheffield now
Ronnie O’Sullivan did his usual publicity thing to make the headlines after picking his way past the useful David Gilbert 10-7 and then refusing to attend a mandatory post match press conference for no particular reason, earning him an official warning. Ronnie needs to be center of attention at every event so he feels top dog and the snooker world revolves around him. Barry Hearn recently admitted that Ronnie texted Hearn just after that infamous 147 refusal stunt and said he did it for publicity.
Steve Davis stole the headlines on day two by finally announcing his retirement after more than 1500 competitive matches and 53 tournament wins and 356 centuries. The Nugget made 37 finals in 14 years at his peak in the 1980s and early 90s. John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan recently matched his 28 ranking title record to go level second behind Stephen Hendry and with the death of Davis’s father this year he finally called it a day as his 60th birthday neared. He wanted to win a title in his 50s after he won The Masters in his 40s and made the UK Championship final in 2005 and the quarter-finals at Sheffield as recent as 2010. But not to be and cut a rather sad figure slugging it out at the qualifiers in recent years. He is now a part time DJ of all things.
Mark Selby and Judd Trump struggled in round one and scraped home10-6 and 10-8 respectively. Trump thumped the air in triumph over the exciting and cheeky Liang Wen-bo to get through and looks like he really wants to win this year. But he plays Twenty20 snooker with lots of big shots and so the tacticians pick him off. Northamptonshire Kyren Wilson won a thrilling match 10-9 to knock out Joe Perry. Ronnie thinks this kid could be a future world champion. He used to pull pints in our local snooker club and a guy that looks confident in the final three frames of close matches. I agree with Ronnie.
===1st Round Results===
1 Stuart Bingham 9 v 10 Allister Carter
2 Stephen Maguire 7 v 10 Alan McManus
3 Ricky Walden 10 v 8 Robbie Williams
4 John Higgins 10 v 3 Ryan Day
5 Judd Trump 10 v 8 Liang Wenbo
6 Martin Gould 8 v 10 Ding Junhui
7 Mark Williams 10 v 4 Graeme Dott
8 Neil Robertson 6 v 10 Michael Holt
9 Shaun Murphy 8 v 10 Anthony McGill
10 Marco Fu 10 v 2 Peter Ebdon
11 Barry Hawkins 10 v 5 Zhang Anda
12 Ronnie O'Sullivan 10 v 7 David Gilbert
13 Mark Allen 10 v 3 Mitchell Mann
14 Joe Perry 9 v 10 Kyren Wilson
15 Michael White 7 v 10 Sam Baird
16 Mark Selby 10 v 6 Robert Milkins
Round Two and best of 25 frames as things get grueling. Ding, who had to come through qualifying after ending up just outside the top 16 this season, had the pick of the round against Judd Trump. Why Ding slipped down so low is mystery but I just don’t trust the guy. He sees to win matches for other people and not himself. All he had to do was win the first round of the China Open in March and he would avoid qualifying at Ponds Forge in April. He didn’t. But he won his biggest matches of the season so far as those three qualifying matches at Ponds Forge seemed to tune him up. Trump, alas, is back to playing Twenty20 snooker, the fans here to see the big shots all around the wicket and not so much results. But unless you refine it and pick the moments when you attack you won’t be winning the World Championship, The Ace in The Pack never recovering from his 6-2 opening session deficit and always 3 or 4 behind. He got it back to 10-12 as Ding tightened up but the Chinese number one had prepared his safety game and held on through the late barrage.
The big shock was Ronnie O’Sullivan losing on the final frame decider to bespoke Crucible performer ‘Boring’ Barry Hawkins, who Ronnie annihilated in the final a few years back. Ronnie made some mildly derogatory comment about him earlier in the year and proved motivating enough for Baz to squeeze through. O’Sullivan hadn’t practiced much and deserved to go.
The exciting Kyren Wilson cheered us all up with a thrilling exhibition against Mark Allen from N.Ireland with a 13-9 win. As I aid he is from Northamptonshire and worked in a Northampton snooker club in the early days behind the bar for free table time. He raced into a 7-0 lead and Allen didn’t know what hit him. But Allen shared the next session for 11-5 and then took the first 4 in the afternoon session to sound the alarm. But Kyren banged in those long pots to wrestle control back to get the two frames he needed. This kid has it all.
Mark Selby again struggled and had to come from behind to get over the line against the rather odd looking Sam Baird, looking like one of the Lost Boys with his guy liner and boot polish black hair. But the kid can play and reeled off 4 frames at the death to get back to 11-11 before the handsome square-jawed Jester from Leicester closed it out. Veterans Mark Williams, John Higgins and Mathew Stevens found themselves in the Q/F with big wins over Michael Holt, Ricky Walden and Ali Carter respectively. ‘Thirtysomething’ Marco Fu joined the last 8 too.
===Round Two Results===
17 Allister Carter 11 v 13 Alan McManus
18 Ricky Walden 8 v 13 John Higgins
19 Judd Trump 10 v 13 Ding Junhui
20 Mark Williams 13 v 8 Michael Holt
21 Anthony McGill 9 v 13 Marco Fu
22 Barry Hawkins 13 v 12 Ronnie O'Sullivan
23 Mark Allen 9 v 13 Kyren Wilson
24 Sam Baird 11 v 13 Mark Selby
25 Alan McManus13 v 11 John Higgins
26 Ding Junhui 13 v 3 Mark Williams
27 Marco Fu 13 v 11 Barry Hawkins
28 Kyren Wilson 8 v 13 Mark Selby
45-year old Alan McManus beat 40-year-old John Higgins in a grueling closely matched game as qualifier McManus won out 13-11. This is not what Barry Hearn had in mind for his snooker revolution. Fellow qualifier Ding Junhui obliterated 44-year-old Mark Williams 13-3. 38-year-old Marco Fu saw of 37-year-old ‘Boring’ Barry Hawkins 13-11. Hawkins trailed 8-1 but clawed it back but the line came just too quickly. The best match of the last 8 saw Mark Selby mentally mind f**k the thrilling young Kyren Wilson 13-8.
A brilliant match full of everything saw Mark Selby edge out Marco Fu 17-15. The boys traded blows like broadswords and no one had more than a two frame lead at any point. Fu lost his tip half-way through the match but held it together and then brushed his finger against the ball and didn’t call a foul, meaning Selby had to hold it together. But cheats never win and Leicester boy Selby joined the weekend party in the Midlands with his third final, a match that included a 76 minute frame, the longest ever at Sheffield. His opponent will be the seriously in form Ding Junhui who cracked a record 7 centuries in the semi-final against McManus, the most tons in any crucible match. It was the first semi final to see two qualifiers play together since the 1970s as Ding battered MacManus into submission 17-12, the Scott’s first World semi since 1993.
===Ding v Selby==
Selby swept into a 6-0 lead against a nervous looking Ding, the weight of China and one billion people on his back. But the Chinese mans crampons found some grip late on to close on 6-2 at the end of session number one. The second session was grueling snooker as the two traded mind games and tactical snooker to end 10-7 Selby overnight, five hours full of snookers and mind games as Ding hauled him back by another frame. Selby kept the three frame lead on Monday afternoon for 14-11 with some increasingly scrappy stuff. Neither player was in control and Selby now playing both players out of form with his meticulous and over cautions style. This guy never waste a shot and everyone play thought out and that would be the end for Ding as Selby just got over the line 18-14 in a rather tactical and dull final.
He is now only the 13th double world champion and what a great night for Leister as his football team won the Premier League. Leicester rugby team and Leicestershire CCC team are also on the up.
This is a 24 hour channel dedicated to news from the sporting world. This is a free news channel which can be found on Sky channel 405, Virgin Media channel 515 and TalkTalk TV channel 550.
Through the SkyGo feature you can watch the channel on a portable device such as a mobile phone or laptop.
The channel features news stories, interviews, league tables, fixtures and the latest scores from many different sports.
I am a big football fan and have only a small interest in other sports. I have to say that I feel when the football season is on other sports tend to get a bit neglected.
Since the introduction of the channel Sky Sports F1 which is dedicated to Formula 1 coverage they seem to be covering more Formula 1 on Sky Sports News than in previous years.
Other sports covered include cricket, boxing, NFL, golf, rugby, tennis, and horse racing.
Brief captions of news from each sport will be displayed at the bottom of the screens, while fixtures and league tables can be seen on the right hand side of the screen.
The channel is split into programmes such as 'Good Morning Sports Fans', 'Afternoon Report', 'Through The Night' and 'Soccer Saturday'. Aside from Soccer Saturday all of these programmes are the same thing, though the presenters change. There are many regular presenters of the news and many more reporters who will film interviews, report from out of the studio and try to bring in the latest stories.
Depending on what's going on in the sporting world I couldn't watch this channel for long as it could be the same headlines repeated every 15-20 minutes for hours until something else happens.
Every Saturday during the football season is my favourite programme from this channel......
Jeff Stelling (sports journalist, tv and radio presenter) hosts this and is joined by a panel of football 'experts' who discuss the upcoming games, team news and make predictions for the games. They then watch a game each report back on any big moments in the games.
The games which aren't covered by those in the studio have a member of the sky team at each game who will report back via video link or telephone link.
The panel members varies from week to week, I think a lot of them are a bit bias in their feedback and some of the panellists obviously have a strong dislike for certain teams but it's quite fun to watch the rivalry and bickering between the panellists at times.
Panelists include Phil Thompson, Charlie Nickles, Matt Le Tisssier, Paul Merson.
While the games are being played all of the latest goals and red cards will be displayed on the screen by their videprinter system. Scores will also go across the screen on a yellow bar but this isn't updated very quickly and more frequently contains incorrect information so I ignore this yellow bar.
These can be accessed by pressing the red button on your sky remote and allow you to see the news, bet on sky bet and also enter free weekly competitions such as 'Super 6' in which you predict the scores for 6 selected football games each week, and 'fantasy football' which is where you can create your dream team to enter in a free fantasy league.
When the football transfer market is open the channel has very good coverage of the deals being done from teams around the country. A reporter will usually be hanging around the training grounds and club stadiums to see the new arrivals and get the fans' reactions. There will also be a countdown to deadline day when all the transactions must be completed and I find their reporting on the transfer market excellent.
Each Saturday afternoon I turn on this channel to watch the latest scores come in and I find it far superior coverage than other sports programmes. After the final whistle a they will show the highlights and goals of matches from the main English leagues which I also enjoy watching.
During 'Soccer Saturday' the latest scores will still be shown at the bottom of the screen, unfortunately the same can't be said for scores on other days which means you may miss some scores.They will keep you well updated on any scores from big games but you might not find out about lower league games.
I think the presenters are good and find myself turning the channel on at least once a day but I do think if I was a fan of another sport I'd feel a bit annoyed about it being called a sports news channel as it is mainly dedicated to football. I think rather than repeating the same news so often they could do with adding some more news from the other sports to keep everybody happy and attract a wider audience.
Sky Sports News grew out of the old one-hour Sky Sports Centre, which was successful enough for its formula to be extended over twenty four hours. That show, you may remember, launched Kirsty Gallacher's career and packed a lot of sport into one hour. The twenty four hours seven days a week version retains still centres around the idea of a beautiful mistress-like woman accompanied by some Bloke talking about Sport, especially football and cricket, with other sports who are not broadcast by Sky getting somewhat short-changed.
The women of Sky Sports are absolutely charming. Natalie Sawyer is simply the loveliest woman on the planet, Georgie Thompson and Claire Tomlinson exude knowing sexiness, Hayley McQueen's lips make me want to melt, and I still miss the preppy perfection of Diane Parish and the smile of Kelly Dalglish. On top of that, they are all extremely smart, sport-lovers and several possess an aura of spiritual goodness that lights up my television screen. It is impossible to imagine Sawyer, Dalglish and Parish in particular ever being anything less than utterly seamless, and the rest are easily forgivable for the mistakes they make. Never is a clothing ensemble misjudged or too much skin shown.
Other than Jeff Stelling, I can't name any of the male presenters, but I think that's the idea. If the controllers of the channel think anything else they broadcast matters then their qualification for the role must be questioned. The sheer repetition it features dulls the brain (though it does enable the chipperness of the ladies to be emphasised) and makes suggests that the one-hour format was more suitable.
Unless it is cricket season, football dominates to an extraordinary extent. The only other sports to have any kind of look-in are those that Sky Sports broadcast, and for long stretches of the day are relegated to the ticker. For all the focus on football, the lack of depth is depressing. It is well reported that reporting on tactics and analysis of clubs' long-term strategies is deficient in Britain, and Sky Sports with their wealth of video footage, high-tech tools, time, and all the advantages that television has over the print media is in the prime position to change this.
The only standout features of the Channel are the analysis and chumminess offered by Jeff and the Gang on Soccer Saturday and Deadline-Day drama. Other than that, this is a channel that can do a whole lot more.
It's probably true to state that one of the most frequently viewed Satellite/Digital channels has been Sky Sports News for many years. It's excellent coverage of all range of sports presented by real sports people made it a great channel to either flick on for a quick update about your team, or to have on in the background. Up until recently, freeview users had this for free. So when the announcement came about the channel receiving an overhaul, becoming HD and also not being available on Freeview, this caused quite a stir.
So what's different? And is it any good? Firstly, any sport in HD does look excellent, so that certainly is a good improvement. The detail and clarity of the picture is superb. Of course, the presenters sports knowledge and specialist opinions didn't alter and are still of very high quality, but some things have, and to be honest in my opinion not for the better.
Upon viewing the 'new' Sky Sports News for the first time, I had to fiddle around with the picture settings both of my TV and the Sky Box, this was a little frustrating, but Sky did offer help with this on their website. But unfortunately, no matter what settings I change too, I see cannot see the screen fully, with about 2 to 3 millimetres cut off the left side. This may be different for other TV's though.
Bigger, Better? Nope...
What is not different is the on-screen text size. It has become very small indeed, stats listed down the right side are sometimes so small you end up squinting to read them, and I have a 37" HD TV, so people viewing on a smaller screen must have trouble. There is also a tremendous amount of animation and movement on the screen now, and I have found this can be quite distracting, as the 'live' screen area is slightly smaller than before. All this combined tends to strain the eyes a little. The amount of yellow on the display is also unnecessary, and again just provides more of a strain then anything else.
One other small thing I seem to have noticed, is sometimes now the outside broadcast reports and their communication with the studio are not as fluid and professional as before, maybe I'm just being a little picky, but i feel this is definitely the case.
Overall, i feel their was no need to change the actual layout of the channel, just including HD would have been enough. The improvements are not improvements unfortunately, I thnk too much has been pushed into it. A taking it away from freeview? Well, that's just a shame for freeview users. I expected that SSN would become part of the Sky Sports subscription anyway, so that was not a surprise.
Some of the little annoyances from before remain as well, the news repetition being the main one, but this is the same with any non-stop news channel. New Sky Sports News is still an all-important channel for a sports fan, and still probably the best, but improved? I'm afraid not, and these alterations all seem rather pointless. What's that phase? If it ain't broke.....
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The sports news channel from Sky is found on channel 405 but is also available to view for free with some providers. It's round the clock broadcasting means that you can catch up with all the latest results, interviews and transfer gossip at any time of day or night.
Often along with the BBC website this is one of the best places to see breaking news or press conferences from the world of sport, particularly football.
Without doubt one of the best features of this channel though is Soccer Saturday presented by Countdown host Jeff Stelling. It starts at 12pm on Saturday lunchtime and Jeff is joined by four former professional footballers to discuss the day's action. In my experience these are normally Southampton legend Matthew LeTissier, Paul Merson, Charlie Nicholas and ex Liverpool defender Phil Thompson. They start the show by talking about previous results, the form of players and other issues tied up with the fixtures of that day. Then at 3pm the four studio guests watch their screens and report to Jeff about any action that may be occurring, it's really funny to hear them get excited and shout things out like "chance" or "goal". Sky also have reporters at a lot of the days matches to let everyone know of any significant events, Chris Kamara is well known for often using the word unbelievable when describing what has been happening. During the week if there are league and cup matches or European games this format is used as well but often Ed Chamberlain fronts the coverage. The BBC offer a similar programme to this on the red button called Score.
You can only maybe watch this channel for about an hour before you start to see the same stories again but that is the trouble with 24 hour news coverage and is the same as general news channels. The coverage on the night the football transfer window closes can be quite epic with reports from different clubs and two of the female presenters Millie Clode and Charlotte Jacskon are incredibly beautiful, nice one.
Sky Sports News is a channel that normally comes with a Sky package, however you can also access Sky Sports news via freeview.
Sky sports news covers sporting news, yes you guessed it. It also gives you regular updates and scores, breaking news and transfers when relevant. The show runs mainly on hourly slots but does seem to revolve around football. Every hour the show starts with brief updates on breaking news and then goes into it on more depth.
I would say that the channel covers 85% of football, the rest seems to be other sports such as golf, cricket, tennis, rugby and boxing. The show also shows upcoming fixtures and current league table positions.
The show has several presenters who are all to a good standard, it also runds for 24 hours and is often watched by me (as a sports fan) when there is nothing else on.
When there are live sport events running during the time sky sports is on they will give you updates of current scores, if it is a big game then they will also show a 'goal alert' which updates you straight away.
Overall I would recommend Sky Sports News for football fans and give it a rating of 5/5, purely because I just cannot be without it!
Sky Sports News is a sports news channel available to users of Sky TV packages but also people with Freeview too, like myself.
The channel runs 24/7 and is divided into hourly segments. The top headlines will be told at the start of each hour and the rest of the time will be spent discussing them and other less important bits of news. The show is broadcast live, which means you do see the presenters mess up their lines every now and again and various technical hitches, especially when they try to talk to someone out of the studio.
This format means that if you have it on thorughout the day, you do hear the same news over and over again which is a bit annoying, but the channel would be no good if it didn't have the latest news would it?!
Each match day/evening has special guests (usually ex-footballers) such as Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier watching the live games and telling viewers what has been happening, along with their personal opinions on it. As I don't have access to live games, this service is very good to follow, especially on Saturday afternoons, where you follow lots of games, without having to listen to only one game.
Aside from the short lived Setanta Sports News, Sky Sports News has no competition but this hasn't really hindered it, as I think it is a very good service.
Sky Sports News is available both to Sky Subscribers and also to most freeview/free tv viewers. It is, as the title suggests, a channel based around Sports News. It runs 24 hours a day, and comes in the form of two presenters running through the latest events in the sports world, with constantly flowing information at the side and bottom, usually of results, fixtures, or headlines.
Needless to say, it's also an excellent opportunity for Sky to regularly advertise their paid sport channels. A lot of the news is therefore connected in with live coverage of a said game, or event - and thus you are frequently encouraged to sign up so that you can see them. Like any commercial channel, there are also regular advertisements every 15 or so minutes - which is annoying, but to be expected.
Taking it at face value though, the content of this channel is very useful for the sports fan, if somewhat repeditive. Football is highly focused upon, with less time devoted to other sports.
It is great for up to the minute live updates on sports events that you can't see for free.
On Saturday's, 'Gilette Soccer Saturday' is a nice alternative to BBC for Premier League / Football League / Scottish League discussions, debate, and of course results. Unlike BBC, the pundits are usually quite entertaining and insightful.
It's a good channel for catching up on seeing recent sports action, too. Rugby, Cricket, Football, and other highlights are shown relatively soon after the event, and the presentation is generally top notch.
In summary, Sky Sports News, while a blatant running advertisement for paid Sky content, is nonetheless an in depth and professional 24 hour sports news channel. If you use it for this purpose alone, there aren't really any better.
Sky Sports News is a channel broadcasting Sport Related news 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is part of the Sky channels owned & operated by BSkyB. On Sky it is channel 405 & is part of the News selection of channels you can buy. On Virgin Media it is channel 517 & on Freeview it is channel 83.
The channel originally began broadcast on the first of October 1998 when Sky's digital Satellite service was launched. It has been broadcasting ever since.
The format of the channel is news story after news story. Occasionally there are specific programmes which focus on something specific however these are not that regular. The only real standout show they have is Soccer Saturday. A footbal related show that from 3.00 p.m. 'till 5.00 p.m. every Saturday that is an English Football League Matchday brings you the scores from every game in the country as they happen. This programme is usually broadcast on Sky Sports 1 at the same time.
As the show is by a UK company for UK viewers it does tend to focus on British sports. Predominatly Football but also Rugby, Rugby League & Cricket. Although this may be true it does also devote a small amount of time to foreign sports & you can find out Spanish Football or American Football results on here.
I wouldn't really recommend this channel to a woman as it would bore most of the to tears. I'm not entirely sure that I would recommend prolinged viewing to the fellas either. What I would say though, if you want to catch up on the days sporting action from all angles & for all sports, then you can't go wrong with this channel. It is very good at what it does. It's just that there's only so much sporting news anyone wants.
Sky sports news is a 24 hour a day channel dedicated to sports news (yep a whole channel fellow sports fans!) it is obviously created by the titan that is the sky corporation yet you do not need a sky box to watch it as it is shown of freeview, channel 83 on my TV.
The channel is very basic in format, two presenters, an average looking man and a good looking woman will read sports headlines as they break (like live! This will either get you excited or make you fall asleep). But that's not just it; they have little interviews with players, managers, sports journalists etc and even show brief highlights of sports, mainly football but some cricket, golf and rugby.
That is the channels biggest problem (not for me being a man united supporter) in that it is hugely biased towards football where I'd estimate 80 percent is concerned with footie so if you don't like football you won't be watching for long. Every Saturday Jeff Stelling (now of countdown fame) presents Gillette soccer Saturday where former stars watch live games and give commentary's on the big incidents, this is often funny to watch (Paul Merson trying to pronounce a players name often a highlight) so if you like football and want to be kept up to date on what's going on and look at a beautiful woman (Charlotte is my not so secret crush) stick it on now
If you have any questions feel free to message me
Sky Sports News is the 'news' channel that accompanies the Sky Sports universe. The channel predominantly covers football, cricket and rugby with a little bit of time left over for less popular sports and sports covered by rival broadcasters. If you're a fan of tennis or motorsport this may not be the place for you.
The channel is available through various digital tv platforms including Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview who Sky has a stake in. Perhaps cynically, some people say that Sky Sports News is available on Freeview as a non stop advert for their pay tv services being that it covers a wealth of Premiership football and test match cricket that's not available to non-subscribers.
The channel is very similar to BBC News 24 but concerns itself, unsurprisingly, with sport! All breaking sports news is covered live and a ticker tape across the bottom of the screen repeats all of the breaking news. Unlike the BBC channel SSN features a much younger and more glamorous female group of presenters who help to disguise the banal nature of updating news of cricketers injuries and rumours of hostile takeovers at football clubs.
Like any live and always broadcasting news network, SSN can become a bit tedious and perhaps exaggerate the importance of a story such as the closing of a transfer window in football where reporters are sent to various grounds at pockets of the country and unsupported transfer rumours are regurgutated.
The undoubted highlight of the channel is Gillette Soccer Saturday, the football show where Jeff Stelling and guests discuss and update the latest scores and action of the day's matches. A format that sounds like it shouldn't work but does, mainly due to Stelling's banter with the ex-footballer commentators and his encyclopedic knowledge of British football.
Sky Sports News, what can I say. I bet many of you like myself watch this at least one a day, to catch up with the sports news. I watch it in the morning before, I go to work and watch it as soon as I get home. If you are a sports fan, this is the perfect channel for you. Its avaiable on freeview, virgin media, sky digital and even the internet. The presenters are good at what they do and also have a good on-screen chemistry which keeps you engaged as the the presenters needs to present well and look interested to get viewers to keep watching.
The Gillette Soccer Saturdays are fantastic, for football fans like myself, who want to see what the scores are, expert analysis of each premiership team before the kick off and after the match finishes and also Paul Mersons passion when he sees some action in the matches he watches
The only problem is that its tailored to mainly football but that doesnt bother me as football is the worlds number one sport.
To summarise, if your a sports fan watch it and give it a chance and I promise it will become a part of your life and certainly for the better
Thank you for reading my review and have a good weekend
I wouldnot exactly class myself as a fanatical football fan, i have been to a few live matches and I also enjoy other sports but even I find the Saturday afternoon show on Sky Sports News quite compelling and very funny at times.
Sky Sports News is a rolling sports news station that can usually be accessed free on most TV packages and it is an excellent source of information as it has a live teletext style feed and includes footage and up to the date news on pretty much every major sport, also as it is Sky ownmed it has access to all the footage that Sky airs.
Gillette Soccer Special is the main jewel in the crown though hosted by the legendary Jeff Stelling who along with three pundits, often including Matt Le Tisier, Geoff Thompson and Paul Merson although others also appear (Thompson is hilarious especially when Liverpool lose which is quite often these days), keep you upto date with all the live games and they have a network of reporters including the wonderfully animated Chris Kamara, it is great entertainment.
The rest of the presenters on at other times are a bit androgenous, usually male and female teams the women are all over dressed, or under dressed in some cases but I guess they appeal to the channels largely male audience, at night they sometimes switch to all amle teams.
A great sports news resource with up to the minute information and a wide number of sports covered although football does dominate, the one area it is not great for is probably horse racing but then there are a few specialist channels for that sport.
Sky Sports News is easily the best source of sporting information on TV, and it's what I call my "Go to Channel", when nothing else is on 405 (Sky) gets punched into my remote control, I sometimes even press it when I'm already on it. And the good thing is that it is there 24/7, whenever you need it.
The reason for it being the best is down to the power Sky now has in the sporting industry. The Sky reporters have all the right contacts to get the information first and they have a wide range of contacts to get the information from all over the country.
Of course this information is useless unless it is presented in a proper way. Sky Sports News accomplishes this as well. There is of course, with everything else, a bias towards football. So, football (occasionally rugby) leagues tables, top scorers, fixtures, etc are shown on the right of the screen. The bottom of the screen scrolls through various tabs from all the major sports and then there is a bright yellow bar, which appears when there is big breaking news.
This may sound a little cluttered, but it isn't and it allows the presenters to still be the main focus of the rest of the screen space. All the presenters on the show do an excellent job, albeit all speaking in the exact same way. There is generally a male and female presenter (Georgie Thompson being the main one ) together during the day, with two male presenters taking over at night.
There aren't really any shows on the channel apart from Saturday afternoons when Jeff Stelling is joined by four pundits for 'Gillette Soccer Saturday', which looks at the upcoming fixtures then each pundit watches a match and tells Jeff what's happening - sounds boring, but it's quite entertaining for us football fans.
Overall, this is a great channel for sports fans. Well presented, with good breaking news, makes this one of my most watched TV channels.
I thing Sky Sports News has a great niche in the market for delivering a certain type of news and allows people waiting for sports news on a regular news channel to have an avenue on which they can get the specific news that they need.
I think this channel has a number of advantages and disadvantages. The first obvious main advantage is that it allows a channel in which you can specifically get news on sports and sport related issues. It does this well and the manner in which it is set out allows a lot of information to be portrayed easily. For example you'll get a presented taking while at the same time there is a ticker bar at the bottom giving out short snippets of news, while on the right hand side there is information such as league tables and specific match information. I think the manner in which this is done is very efficient and great at getting a large amount of information through effectively.
The other main benefit is that it is free to air and is broadcasted on Freeview, as well as Virgin Media and Sky. This makes it virtually accessible to a majority of the country at no subscription cost and is a great service for no charge.
I do have some reservations though. It's funded by advertising which means that they cut for a break every now and again. I don't have an issue with this because I understand how a money making company operates but what really does upset me is when you've been waiting five minutes for a particular news story to come up on the ticker below only to find they cut for a break and the news you wanted is missed. If they held the ticker while the break is on, or better still keep it scrolling throughout the adverts then it would make the service a whole lot better.
Secondly, although it's a sports news channel. It effectively is a football news channel as they heavily focus on this and give it a majority of their attention. If you're a rugby fan for example you're pretty much going to have to rely on the snippets of news that is displayed on the screen every now and again and listen out for the half a minute or so they devote to it throughout the hour.
Overall I'm not complaining as they do a good service well. Keeping the ticker going continuously and not turning it off for adverts, as well as a 90% focus on football and it would be a perfect service. Other than that it's great and a good channel to have on as you pass the time.