Sky News Today

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Sky News
Created by Sky News
Presented by Colin Brazier
Jayne Secker
Country of origin UK - Broadcast internationally
Production
Running time 3 hours
Release
Original network Sky News
Picture format 16:9
Original release September 2002 – present

Sky News with Colin Brazier (formerly known as Sky News Today) is a programme on Sky News which currently runs between 9:00am and 12:00pm on weekdays and is presented by Jayne Secker and Colin Brazier.

Overview[edit]

Sky News Today was launched in September 2002, presented by Martin Stanford and Julie Etchingham, broadcast on weekdays between 10:00am and 1:00pm. In contrast to the rest of Sky News' coverage at that time, Sky News Today was largely presented from the heart of the newsroom, with frequent use being made of a large videowall at the back of the newsroom.

When Sky News underwent a major relaunch in October 2005, Sky News Today relaunched with it; it was brought forward an hour, now running from 9am to 12pm, and an afternoon edition was introduced, from 2pm until 5pm. The programme was now also presented by three presenters at a time: the morning edition by Martin Stanford, Anna Botting and former BBC News presenter Anna Jones, and the afternoon edition by Mark Longhurst, Stephen Dixon and new signing Ginny Buckley. The three-presenter format was axed in early 2006, with the strand returning to a more traditional two-presenter format.

In October 2007, Sky made the move to single headed presentation with Julie Etchingham becoming the anchor of Sky News Today between 9am and 1pm on weekdays; news summaries were presented by Colin Brazier.[1]

From Tuesday 8 January 2008, former BBC Breakfast anchor Dermot Murnaghan replaced Julie Etchingham as main presenter of the show. Etchingham moved to ITV News to present the relaunched News at Ten with Sir Trevor McDonald.[2] Likewise Emma Crosby took over the news summaries from Colin Brazier who moved to Afternoon Live to work alongside Kay Burley. However, shortly after taking up the headline post, Crosby moved to Sky's business news department, and then onto GMTV.

In February 2009, Sky News Today was reduced by one hour, broadcasting from 10am to 1pm, with The Live Desk broadcasting from 9am to 10am.

From January 2011, the strand started airing on Saturdays, and no longer featured a news summary presenter. Dermot now presented Monday to Wednesday with Colin Brazier presenting from Thursday - Saturday.

In September 2014, as part of a schedule revamp at Sky News, double-headed presentation was reinstated; a new strand running from 9am to 12pm weekdays was launched, presented by Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker. Dermot Murnaghan now presents a lunchtime slot from Monday to Wednesday.[3]

Presenter history[edit]

Morning edition[edit]

Dates Presenter One Presenter Two Presenter Three News Summaries
September 2002 - October 2005 Martin Stanford Julie Etchingham
October 2005 - March 2006 Martin Stanford Anna Botting Anna Jones
March 2006 - July 2006 Martin Stanford Anna Jones
July 2006 - September 2006 Chris Roberts Anna Jones
September 2006 - February 2007 Colin Brazier Anna Jones
February 2007 - September 2007 Martin Stanford Anna Jones
October 2007 - January 2008 Julie Etchingham Colin Brazier
January 2008 - December 2010 Dermot Murnaghan Various
January 2011 - August 2014 Dermot Murnaghan (Mon - Wed)
Colin Brazier (Thu - Sat)
September 2014 - present Colin Brazier Jayne Secker

Afternoon edition[edit]

Dates Presenter One Presenter Two Presenter Three
October 2005 - May 2006 Mark Longhurst Steve Dixon Ginny Buckley
May 2006 - June 2006 Mark Longhurst Ginny Buckley
June 2006 - September 2006 Mark Longhurst Julie Etchingham
September 2006 - September 2007 Colin Brazier Julie Etchingham

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (19 September 2007). "Sky News shuffles schedule". London: Guardian Online. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ Deans, Jason (22 October 2007). "Etchingham to leave Sky News". London: Guardian Online. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  3. ^ Boulton, Adam (1 September 2014). "Sky News Tonight: Show Takes Fresh Approach". London: Sky News. Retrieved 2016-03-13.