Bosses at Sky are proposing to close down its sports news radio service with the potential loss of 18 radio jobs.
Sky Sports News Radio, which originates from the Sky Sports Digital Media Centre in Leeds, could close at the end of September according to our “Sky Sources” with almost 50 positions at risk throughout the Yorkshire HQ.
The company says the closure is due to evolving customer habits and that the service is no longer viable.
The online only station launched in June 2010 when its sister TV channel was removed from Freeview and broadcasts non-stop sports news 24 hours a day via Sky apps, TuneIn and website, and is live during the day and evening.
Executive Editor at Sky Sports News, Andy Cairns told staff about the plans yesterday, just a few months after the station secured a spot on Radioplayer.
A Sky spokesman confirmed the news to RadioToday: “Sky Sports News Radio has offered a great service to its customers for several years. However customers habits evolve over time and after careful consideration, we are proposing that a stand-alone sports radio service is no longer viable. We will continue to focus as a business to continuing to offer the best possible service across multiple platforms including TV, mobile, online and digital.”