The Live Desk (Sky)

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The Live Desk
Created by Sky News
Presented by Mon-Thu: Charlotte Hawkins
Fri: Gillian Joseph
Running time 1 hour
Original network Sky News
Original release 8 September 2008 (2008-09-08) – late 2011
Preceded by Sunrise
Sky Today
Followed by Sky Today
Afternoon Live

The Live Desk was a news programme which broadcast on Sky News in the United Kingdom from 8 September 2008 to 2011. Originally, The Live Desk aired twice at 9am and 1pm but from 11 January 2011 the Live Desk's 1pm edition was cancelled and subsequently only one edition was broadcast at 9 a.m., presented by Charlotte Hawkins with Gillian Joseph on Friday. The programme was replaced with a standard Sky News bulletin fronted by the same newscasters later in 2011.


The programme was a 60-minute round-up of the day's news, sport, and business, rather than discussions, interviews, or features. It was loosely based on the Fox News Channel show The Live Desk.

The programme was characterized by the opening line "The Live Desk opens now".


Originally at the show's launch it aired once a day, between 1pm and 2pm with Colin Brazier presenting, but on 2 February 2009, The Live Desk added a morning edition, running between 9am and 10am. From 11 January 2011, the Live Desk's original 1pm edition was axed in favour of a new political show with Adam Boulton and Sarah Hughes; the 9 a.m. edition remained until later 2011, presented by Charlotte Hawkins, Monday-Thursday, with Gillian Joseph on Fridays. When individual programme titles (such as Afternoon Live and Sky News Today) were dropped by Sky News in 2011, The Live desk was replaced with a standard 60-minute news bulletin.

Replacement presenters[edit]

When the regular presenters were unavailable the show was hosted by Samantha Simmonds, Sarah Hughes, Steve Dixon.


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