Announced today that the two nightly news bulletins will go in a month. 25 jobs also going between Dublin and Belfast bureaux – feel sorry for them.
Here is the official announcement:
Sky News to refocus Irish news coverage
Sky News is looking to refocus its coverage of Irish news by integrating the output of its Dublin and Belfast bureaus into the main news channel and its new media platforms. The change in approach means that the two nightly 30 minute bulletins would cease broadcasting with effect from Thursday, 30 November.
The proposal follows a review which concluded that Sky News could serve the needs of Irish viewers and maintain a high level of efficiency by focusing on the availability of Irish news on the main channel and also across a number of its different media platforms such as Sky News online, Sky by Mobile and Sky News Active. From Friday 1 December, it is planned that the Dublin and Belfast bureaus? operations will be streamlined to a level which supports the continuing provision of high-quality reports and breaking news to Sky News audiences across the island of Ireland.
John Ryley, Head of Sky News, said,
“The talented and dedicated Sky News Ireland team has produced a high quality product, some outstanding journalism and attracted a loyal audience. I would like to thank them for their commitment and professionalism to date. The decision to change direction is a difficult one but our commitment to choice and innovation means that we will always take risks and try new ideas. Irish stories remain an integral part of the main channel as well as new media outlets as Sky News refocuses its resources in a way that continues to meet the needs of consumers in the broadband age.”
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Notes to Editors
Audiences to Sky News Ireland bulletin services
– The average audience figure from Jan-Sep 2006 for the 6.30pm bulletin is 8,000 and 17,000 for the 10pm bulletin.
– The average monthly reach is 366,000 for the 6.30pm bulletin and 430,000 for the 10pm bulletin.
I am rather surprised at this! I always thought it was a rather successful twice-daily show.
I’m not! Unfortunately, I don’t know anybody who watches it. I usually get to watch the 10.00pm Sky News Ireland bulletin, but still watch the RTE 6.01 news when I get in from work. I would imagine that most people turn to RTE, (or the much improved TV3 news service), for Irish related news. That’s the way it goes. Sky News Ireland RIP.
Are you from TV3 or something? If not you must be deluded because Sky coming to Ireland was in my view the best thing that could have happened to the Irish media. At least it gave them all a kick up the arse while it lasted. I personally will miss it because I really liked the way they did the news. No bullshit and with a bit of style! Now all we have is news for the old fogeys or complete bimbos on acid.
No! But it’s news service has definitely improved. Maybe Sky News coming in to Ireland did encourage TV3 to rip off an idea or two. But the TV3 5.30pm news bulletin is popular. Maybe just because it’s on first? – By the time Sky News Ireland came on air at 6.30pm, TV3 had broadcast it’s 5.30pm bulletin, RTE had it’s 6.01 bulletin on air, so what hope had Sky News Ireland for fresh Irish news?
If not you must be deluded because Sky coming to Ireland was in my view the best thing that could have happened to the Irish media. At least it gave them all a kick up the arse while it lasted. I personally will miss it because I really liked the way they did the news. No bullshit and with a bit of style!
Yeah it was a good thing, at the time. But the fact is people aren’t watching the Sky News Ireland bulletins in large numbers. I do watch the 10pm one if I can, but I honestly don’t know anybody else who does. RTE are the bible to some people still it seems! So good or bad, the end of Sky News Ireland was no real surprise.