With the success of Sky News Ireland over the past year, isn’t it about time a dedicated Sky News Scotland was established? Scotland has as much independent news to broadcast as Ireland, and has a population of over 1 million more…It’s crazy that Scotland still get a couple of story slots if lucky, while Ireland has 2 dedicated daily half hour opt-outs plus a weekly round-up programme…
…currently a pitiful 3 reporters cover a third of the UK landmass, while dozens cover the other 2/3 (England & Wales)…Sky News UK is out of touch with Scottish interests and needs and it’s high time it established a Scottish office along the same lines as Ireland.
Scotland already has strong regional news with BBC Scotland and STV, it’s about time Sky News did the same.
Yes, however, the same should then be expected for Wales and England.
For Wales there is a case…for England, not really (or at least not a very strong one)…
In essence Sky News UK is an English news programme that pays occasional lip service to events in the rest of the UK.
England does not have any regional forms of government, infact it voted against them recently. Therefore the policy and commentary reported on Sky News UK has complete relevence to England, unlike the case in Scotland. Most of what’s broadcast, unless on an international scale/reserved, is not relevent to Scotland…the Queens Speech, for example had almost no relevence in Scotland as most of what was mentioned is devolved, yet Sky News UK covered it in huge detail.
Sky News UK is a London centric organisation, and the Irish version helps to lessen that. On a national news front, the NE of England deviates little from that broadcast on Sky News, however in Scotland things are very different. This needs to be realised and allowed for through a distinct Sky News Scotland.
i think sky should bring in a service for scotland, wales & northern ireland. that way they could set something up so at say seven o’clock people in scotland get scotish news, wales get welsh news and so on. they could then return to london at half past for the international stories and repet this until say 11 o’clock. it would make sence and sky would deffinetely boost their ratings in the different regions. even if it was only one room with a plazma screen for now as i’m sure they have bureaus in each reagion so they wouldnt have to buy new buildings. they could have something like in the pic. below. then you could put all five nations on active like sni
Have you got any idea how much it would cost to set this up? It is a totally ludicrus idea. The total viewing share in the UK for Sky News is 0.6% with the average person watching for 11 mins per week. Are you seriously suggesting that bulletins are exclusively produced at a deidicated centre in Scotland for the 43 000 people up there that watch Sky News? Or would you rather see that money spent more wisely.
To use the argument ‘Scotland is a third of the UK’s landmass’ is retarded. Would you expect the Brecon Beacons in Wales to have as many reporters as in London? Or would you expect it to be based more on where News is likely to break and population. Scotland makes up 12% of the UK’s population.
As for the bureaus, there are ones in Edinburgh and Belfast, but these are simply an office with a camera in, nothing fancy, but yes they could be upgraded.
Ireland has it’s how exclusive bulletins for a very good reason. Sky News is in fact a foreign broadcaster. In Scotland, it is not.
Scotland already has strong regional news with BBC Scotland and STV
Why not use the exisiting strong regional services.
or like sn austrailla
SNA is a different network, different audience, different Murdoch company and a different hemisphere. How does this back your argument up in the slightest? It’s like making a random reference to Sky News Italia.
I think daved2424 has hit the nail on the head. The BBC and ITV already do regional news for Scotland, Wales and various divisions of England. There seems at this stage little point in Sky a similar service at the moment. To say Sky News is London sentric is inaccurate, have you been watching the channel lately, with their obsessive coverage of the tsunami disaster. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t south east asia a long way away from London.
Besides, if and when there is any relevant news in Scotland or Wales for that matter then Sky would cover it.
I could also argue that Sky don’t don’t cover the South West of England either, but I don’t, simply because nothing of national importance happens that oftem down here. But when it does, like the flooding in cornwall, then they will cover it.
Also, I remeber in the run-up to christmas, Sky had a broadcast from Edinburgh of Glasgow with regards to christmas shopping.
I think tippguy is just a very strange poster. His ideas do not make sense (or sence as he would say) AT ALL. Sky news at 7 in different regions- are you mad??
it wasn’t suppost to back up my argument infact its not an argument i simply added more to my post look theres 10 mins in time difference i forgot something and just added it in :wacko: . and sna is still part of sky news however sky italia is a TOTALLY different network so get your facts straight. and in The Republic Of Ireland like Scotland & Wales we too have news channels. RT? 1&2, TV3 & TG4 and sni still launched here so i don’t see why it would not work in scotland & wales. And as for the sna graphics i was just pointing out that it was a posible idea for a mini studio in a bureau. And sky dont cover all relevent stories in all regions. Here in Ireland last Tuesday a 10 year old went missing as i have said in sni fourm and it has not been on sky news uk once not even in brief and a poor kid is missing for 5 days and you are telling me thats not “relevent”. However a lot of time on sky news ireland has been dedicated to the case. And it would not cost that much really. In Belfast Corrospondants David Blevins, Liam Craigh & Gary Honneyford have their own bureau with cameramen. All they would need is a sky news background which could be put in all bureaus & a plazma screen which they could get in their local dixons. In Scotland James Mathews, Rona Doughall & Jane Chilton are backed by a bureau and camermen. Same story there. So all that leaves is Wales. How much could it cost to by a 1 bed room appartment in Cardiff and send some idle reporters over there. In Scotland these reporters are earning handy money with 1 or 2 reports a week. They should be reporting nightly. At least in Belfast the odd report makes it onto the Ireland show but its more or less the same there. So at most whats it going to cost them 2 or 3 millin pounds. Thats nothing to sky they’ll make it back in a week or less on adverts alone. And anyway if they can afford a plane for the us elections and have a helicopter on stantby for breaking news then they can surley afford this!!
How much do you know about broadcasting? Virtualy nothing it seems. In order to do nightly reports from Scotland you would need a Vision Mixer, a Director, a director’s assitant, autocue operator, graphics operator, producer, VT operator, cameraman, technical director and an electrician not to mention the production and news team and the presenters. Or are you suggesting this is done from London which kind of defeats the object?
You can’t just say ‘stick a plasma in a room’, if youre going to broadcast daily you need a proper studio that is properly lined up everyday. The Edinburgh bureau is simply a camera in a room. Technically it is abismal. The picture quality is poor and the lighting is dreadful.
As for getting my facts straight. SNA is co-owned by BSkyB with Channel 7 and Channel 9, which makes it a Murdoch company. Sky News Italia is another Murdoch company. What am I missing here?
SNI launched because Sky is a platform in Ireland not simply a broadcaster and their flagship news channel is British, which is foreign, so they are given their own bulletins. As for Scotland, Sky News is NOT foreign, it’s domestic.
As for the Irish girl going missing it is an IRISH story. I’m sure it would have been covered in the UK IF the world’s worst natural disaster for 100 years hadn’t just occured in Asia, or am I getting the scale of things wrong here?