Sky Sports News goes Pay-only TV

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Sky has announced that Sky Sports News, the UK’s only dedicate sports news channel is to be removed from Freeview later this year.

The then exclusive pay-TV channel will be available to Sky, Virgin Media and Talk Talk TV customers, as well as online and on mobile.

Sky currently has three channels on the Freeview service. Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky Three. The Sky Sports News slot will become a timeshift channel of Sky Three(+1).

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: ?Sky Sports News has been a great success over the last 12 years and we have big ambitions to make it even better. As part of a subscription service, customers can look forward to expanded coverage.?

Sky also announced Sky Sports News HD will launch later this year.

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Updated: Thursday 17 June 2010