Changes are coming to Sky Sports News, including a new studio, a new look, a new online approach and a new name. We reveal what you can expect.
Ahead of the new football season kicking off next month, big changes are coming to Sky Sports. One of the biggest is the relaunch of Sky Sports News, which is moving channels, getting a new look and being renamed.
Sky Sports News HQ will show updates and developments from the world of sport, as Sky Sports did, but it's greatly expanding the digital side of things. For example, the Sky Sports website and smartphone apps are being redesigned to allow for more personalisation.
What's more, a Sky Sports News HQ online hub will supply users with video, additional information, news notifications and more to compliment what's on the live channel.
There will be lots of new things to watch on Sky Sports News HQ too. As well as new programmes, there will be more emphasis on investigative stories and a new schedule.
The channel will feature a team of 20 presenters, including Sky Sports News stalwarts Kirsty Gallacher, Jim White and Natalie Sawyer, reporting from a brand new studio, which is nearly twice as big as the old one. One of its new features will be an 18 square metre video wall, which looks pretty snazzy.
No doubt one of the things that will appear on it will be tweets from viewers - there's set to be a greater emphasis on social media, with reporters taking more time to look at and respond to what sports fans are saying.
With Sky Sports News moving from channel 405 to 401 as part of its metamorphosis into Sky Sports News HQ, the other Sky Sports channels are moving up a number on Sky TV. So, from 12 August here's how they'll appear on the Sky electronic programme guide:
- Sky Sport News HQ: 401
- Sky Sports 1: 402
- Sky Sports 2: 403
- Sky Sports 3: 404
- Sky Sports 4: 405
- Sky Sports 5: 406
- Sky Sports F1: 407
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