At least 131 people have been killed and more than 400 injured in coordinated bomb attacks on rush-hour trains in Madrid.
Officials say the Basque separatist group Eta was behind the explosions – three days before the country’s general election.
The Spanish Government described it as “a massacre” and declared three days of mourning.
Tony Blair said the attack underlined the threats faced from terror.
His Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called the attack a “disgusting assault”.
The latest: 173 dead.
Colin Brazier is in Madrid.
David Chater, David Bowden and the award winning Jeremy Thompson has flown out to Madrid.
JT anchoring from Madrid with Chris and Juliette in the studio.
David Bowden live from Bilbao
Colin Brazier live from Madrid.
David Chater – Package.
Jonathan Samuels – Package.
Lisa Holland – Package who’s to blame?
Francis Tusa – Sky News Centre.
James Matthews live from Glasgow reporting on tonights football match.
LittleJohn has been dropped for tonight and will return on Monday.
and the latest is 190 killed and 1,247 hurt.
David Chater is on package, but he is in Madrid too. Sky seem to be going all out on this horrific story, and to be honest this is what they excel at. in the last hour Chris and Julliette haven’t said anything, its all been JT.
Chris Roberts appears to be on a double shift this evening, he has now be joined by Paula Middlehurst.
Makes sensefor Chris to be on two shifts, he hadn’t really had much to do on Live at Five, i wonder how long JT will anchor for? Maybe until 11 or 12, then back for sunrise?
Huw Edwards is anchoring the BBC 10 o clock news from Madrid tonight. Seems that a lot of news channels now follow sky’s lead and put a main anchor at the scene of big news, Channel Four news had their main anchor, (whose name i forget) in Madrid tonight too.
Amazing how quickly Sky mobilised to get so many top correspondants in Madrid for this afternoon.
Channel 4 presenter is Jon Snow.
Sportsline was on at 10.30pm I think this is the first bit of sport all day. Weather was on and off.
I have also noticed that they have turned the White lights off at the side of the front desk. I wonder if this has anything to do with todays news?
Sky’s coverage has been great today, and after having a very small look at the other news networks it would seem everyone has tried there hardest to bring us the story live from the scene. So well done all.
Gordon Radley is now on air with Paula Middlehurst.
By some amazing stroke of luck I was able to reach my friends in Madrid and ascertain that they were all okay, although one of them told me that the phone systems were all logjammed.
Having lived in Spain for almost 10 years I know that the Spanish people will recover from this situation more quickly than citizens of most other countries. There is a tremendous sense of community here and respect for human life and happiness, also the extended family is the norm rather than a rural aberration.
I have seen reserves of kindness and compassion here that actually make me feel rather horrible, cynical and unworthy.
Good coverage by Sky, by the way…
JT has been presenting from Madrid since 6am today
The commitment to news that European and North American broadcasters have to news just amazes me. For CNN, Christine Armanpour was on the scene within a few hours of the event, CNN, BBC World, SKy UK all taking continous coverage of what has been a devastating attrocity.
198 now dead, 1400+ injured, death toll sadly expected to rise.
Yet Sky News Australia have really proved how pathetic they are. At 9:30pm AEST they were showing the first 30mins of Sky News Today, of which was 30minutes old. Then at 9:55 it goes off, ads come on. 10pm News on the Hour on… I go to BBC World.
Check again at 10:25pm, not even 3 hours since the first bombs went off and what are SNA doing???
Checking the weather. Next story – Sydney fashion parade!!!
I flick to Fox… Madrid. CNN… Madrid… BBC… Madrid… CNBC… Madrid… Bloomberg… Madrid…
Back to SNA…CRICKET
Sadly not only is it typical of Sky News Australia, it is also typical of the press in general in this country. The front pages of the papers today had a bried pocket devoted to the story, the rest all irrelevant crap such as a drunk politician. Who cares? Theres more to the world than some drunk state politician.
BskyB should take over Sky News Australia 100%.