Sky News to Enter United States & Canada via Livestation
LONDON, 2nd May 2012: From today Sky News will be available in the United States and Canada for the first time via Livestation, the largest aggregator of live television news online. Viewers in the US and Canada will have access to Sky News’ international feed by subscribing to Livestation for $2.99 a month.
Sky News regularly reports major US stories including in depth coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election. The channel has a bureau in Washington DC which includes correspondents Greg Milam and Dominic Waghorn and White House analyst, Jon-Christopher Bua, as well as correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter in New York. Adam Boulton, Sky’s Political Editor, spent the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s Presidency reporting from the US and gained a UK exclusive interview with him during the President’s historic visit to Ghana. More recently Sky News presenter Kay Burley interviewed Hillary Clinton in Washington on International Women’s Day.
Sky News has also led the way in broadcasting major events in High Definition including Barack Obama’s Inauguration and the funeral of Michael Jackson.
John Ryley, Head of Sky News, commented: ‘This is a great step forward for us. Recently Sky News has increased its global reach to 103 million homes around the world and I am delighted that we are now available in both the United States and Canada as well. The US news agenda is one that we feature heavily on Sky News and I’m thrilled that our world-class international news coverage can now be enjoyed by our viewers there.’
Lippe Oosterhof, Livestation CEO said: ‘Livestation is thrilled to launch Sky News in North America; feedback from our user base shows that there is a strong demand for quality live TV news in the US and Canada and Sky News certainly falls into that category. Today, live streaming offers a credible alternative to traditional closed distribution such as cable and satellite and this deal demonstrates that even premium content can launch online first.’
Sky News content can also regularly be seen on US channels CBS and Fox News.
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About Sky News
Since its launch in 1989, Sky News has established itself as an unrivalled, world class breaking news service with a spirit of innovation and a fresh approach to news broadcasting.
As the UK's first dedicated 24-hour news channel, Sky News has built a deserved reputation for being the first to break major news, and is renowned for the speed of its coverage and flexibility of reporting news live across all its platforms - TV, mobile, online, radio and iPad.
In addition to its status as one of Europe's leading 24-hour news channels, reaching over 100 million homes across the world, viewers can access exclusive content on its award-winning website skynews.com and real-time updates, live video and rich graphics on the Sky News for iPad. A dedicated Twitter feed (@skynewsbreak) and Facebook fan page keeps web-users up-to-date with breaking news. Its custom-built iPhone app, named in Apple’s top ten free apps of all-time, delivers breaking news by text, picture and video, and has been downloaded over two and a half million times.
In 2009, Sky News Radio became the sole provider of national and international news to all commercial stations in the UK when it took over the contract to supply IRN stations, in addition to its existing clients. It now reaches 34 million listeners a week on over 300 commercial stations including Magic FM, Classic FM and Real Radio.
Sky News’ success and quality of coverage continues to be recognised by its viewers and the industry. The 2012 RTS awards saw Sky News awarded multiple accolades including Journalist of the Year for Alex Crawford – for a record fourth time; Presenter of the Year for Anna Botting; and wins in the Home News category for Sky’s coverage of the UK riots and the International News category for their coverage in Libya. Sky News also scooped two Golden Nymph awards at the 51st Monte-Carlo Television Festival for its dramatic coverage of the Arab Spring.
Livestation is the largest aggregator of live TV news online offering access to dozens of leading news channels. Today, millions of viewers around the world use Livestation to watch live news on the web, phone and connected TV's. News broadcasters, ranging from the largest brands to niche players, partner with Livestation to reach more viewers on more devices and to generate additional revenue from advertising and subscriptions. Livestation is a privately-owned company headquartered in London, UK.