- Sky News Radio
Sky News Radio is the radio arm of the
Sky Newsdivision of British Sky Broadcasting. It has been operating since June 1999, providing a news bulletin service for radio station operators across the UK. [cite web|url=http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,70003-1301145,00.html|title=Sky News Radio|accessdate=2007-07-07|publisher=British Sky Broadcasting]
There have also been proposals to launch Sky News Radio as a digital radio station in its own right, offering 24-hour news; but it is not clear whether these will go ahead.
The feed is available FTA at 28.2 East by manually tuning it in: 12051.00 V 27500 2/3
Sky News Radio provides bulletins, audio and scripts to radio newsrooms. Its clients include
talkSPORTand UTV Radio stations, GMG Radio(Real Radio, Smooth, Century and Rock), Global Radio(Heart, LBC, Galaxy), and others. Together the 60 + client stations reach 18 million people a week. The radio newsroom operates from Sky News' purpose-built studios at Osterley, London. The main competitor in the UK is IRN.
Proposed radio station
Sky originally proposed to become a partner in an existing digital national rolling news station DNN, on air since 2001; but this fell through, and DNN closed in July 2006, having been bought out by
Chrysalis Radio, which used the multiplex slots to syndicate its London phone-in driven LBC 97.3station.
In March 2007 BSkyB and Chrysalis announced a new joint partnership to launch a dedicated Sky News Radio station on the proposed bid by
Channel 4's 4 Digital Groupfor the second DAB multiplex in the United Kingdom. [cite web|url=http://www.skypressoffice.co.uk/SkyNews/News/showarticle.asp?id=2180|title= BSkyB and Chrysalis to launch “Sky News Radio”|date=2007-28-03|accessdate=2007-03-04|publisher=Sky News] Chrysalis's existing London rolling news station, LBC News 1152, would be re-branded 'Sky News Radio for London' and also carry the content. [cite web|url=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.1827|title=LBC News to become Sky News Radio|date=2007-04-03|accessdate=2007-04-03|publisher=Radio Today]
However, two months later Chrysalis sold its radio stations to
Global Radio UK, [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/06/25/bcnchrys125.xml Chrysalis sells three radio stations] , " Daily Telegraph", 26 June 2007] and following a business review Global's chief executive announced in October 2007 that the contract was not commercially attractive, and they would not be continuing with the proposals. [ [http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.2576 Sky News Radio complications] , "Radio Today", 18 October 2007] [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/oct/19/bskyb Sky News Radio plan in doubt] , " The Guardian", 19 October 2007] Sky said they would explore alternative options to still launch a service.
* [http://news.sky.com/skynews/radio Sky News Radio]
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