Sky Sports News to be taken off Freeview
Sky Sports News is to be taken off Freeview later in the year and made a purely subscription service. It means that viewers will have to pay to see the popular Soccer Saturday show hosted by Hartlepool fan Jeff Stelling which updates scores from around the country. As well as on the Sky platform, Sky Sports News will be available to Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV subscribers and BT Vision have now been given permission to offer it by the regulator.
News International owns 39 per cent of BSkyB and is seeking to buy out other investors. News International has recently imposed charges for access to The Times and Sunday Times websites, although there is no charge for subscribers to the paper and a free trial is currently available. It seems that Rupert Murdoch wishes to reduce the amount of free content his outlets offer.
Sky insiders argue that the programme now offers sufficient quality to be charged for, which is undoubtedly the case, and they are also planning to develop a HD service. Unfortunately, I live in a conservation area and I am not permitted to have a satellite dish so it looks as if I will lose the service, although BT Vision may be an option.