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Sky News announces Autumn changes

Sky News has confirmed a range of changes to its output this autumn, including a new afternoon show for Kay Burley.

‘The Kay Burley Show’ will air from 2pm until 5pm Monday to Thursday. As well as covering the breaking news, Kay’s show promises to deliver her own perspective on the day’s stories, with interviews, "quirky off beat stories and spiky opinion and debate, challenging the status quo and reflecting the views of the UK audience." The new show goes head to head with the BBC News Channel's Afternoon Live slot.

The News Hour with Mark Austin, airing Monday to Friday at 5pm, will provide a round-up of the day’s news for the teatime audience, with a recap of events plus analysis from Sky News’ expert correspondents and interviews with the key players at the centre of the day’s stories. Mark returns to the studio after a year spent in the Washington bureau and will also present a new look 6 o Clock News.

The changes will be introduced later this month.

Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Sky News Director of Content, said:
“With a fast growing digital audience on the Sky News mobile app, our viewers know what’s making the headlines. But what they want is more appointment to view shows. Kay and Mark are experienced news presenters, each with their own ‘take’ on the day’s stories. Embedding them more firmly in our schedule gives us a chance to give Sky News more personality and more editorial heft at a time when being a trusted news brand has never been more important.”

Also joining the team this autumn are a number of new correspondents who will bolster specialist reporting across all of Sky News platforms. Jason Farrell moves from Westminster to become the channel’s first Home Editor, covering the stories that affect the UK audience. Beth Rigby becomes Deputy Political Editor, while Nick Martin takes on a new role, reporting on politics but from outside the Westminster bubble, looking at how politics is viewed by voters a long way from SW1.

Rowland Manthorpe has moved from Wired magazine to be the new Technology Correspondent, Kate McCann joins the political team from the Telegraph and Martha Kelner is leaving the Guardian to become Sky News Sport Correspondent. Finally The Times former Defence correspondent Deborah Haynes arrives this month as Foreign Affairs Editor.