I only accidently bumped into this, dated 7th June. how come sky have not bothered to mention it – that I have noticed … very well deserved.
Sky News wins Best News Channel
Issued: June 7, 2007
Sky News was named Best News Channel at last night?s Broadcast Digital Awards, beating off several international broadcasters including Al Jazeera English.
The judges commended Sky News saying: ?Sky is generally about two minutes ahead of BBC News 24. It is an excellent channel ? first to the spot every time a story breaks.? Clearly impressed, the judges added: ?It engages a wider audience than the BBC.?
Head of Sky News John Ryley, who picked up the award at the ceremony in London, said it was ?a tribute to our hard work, energy and imagination.?
Sky News demonstrated its strengths through coverage of the two defining stories of the year ? one home, one foreign. The foreign story was the Israel-Hezbollah war, during which Sky News presented live from Northern Israel, Jerusalem and Beirut for 18 hours a day. This led to a series of firsts ? Sky News was first to report the secret chat between Tony Blair and George Bush at the St Petersburg summit and, live in vision, first to report and first to cross the border.
When shortly before Christmas five women were murdered in Suffolk, Sky was the first broadcaster to report the discovery of the second and fourth bodies and was the first to report the arrest of and to name suspect Steve Wright.
The relentless ability of Sky?s Crime Correspondent to break lines ahead of his rivals was such that, on the morning that Steve Wright appeared in court charged with the murders, a police press officer advised a newspaper reporter to, ?Call Martin Brunt. He knows everything before we do?.
Sky News also took the lead on many other stories during the year. It broke almost every key line in the cash for peerages investigation, including the arrest of Lord Levy and was ahead of other media with the news that the police and security services had foiled a plot to blow up airliners mid flight last August.
Last night?s award follows the success at the RTS Awards in March where Sky News also won News Channel of the Year.
I am inclined to agree with "thegraphic" if you do not like Sky you neither need to watch it or come here and comment.
Sky news does not cost us one single penny to watch, news24 costs us ?131 per year. I feel that an organisation that forces me to pay for output is open to all the criticism it gets, and usually deserves.
SSLuke wrote:who cares about all these industry awards? They mean diddly squat to the viewer – and the fact is that BBC N24 is well ahead in ratings, where it matters.
True, but I wish N24 would stop with all the ‘Most viewed news channel in Britain’ (or something along those lines) that they’ve been doing for some time now.
Also, for me personally viewing figures actually matter very little, I percieve neutrality & impartiality to be far more important, which is why I probably spend more time watching Euronews more then BBC N24 and Sky News put together.