Sky News changes: New set, new schedule, expanded lineup

David Speers has joined the channel’s line-up of programs on Sunday for the first time ever

Sky News' David Speers

Sky News has revealed a new lineup across its suite of channels including the launch of a new world class business centre and television studio, an expanded evening schedule and further investment in national affairs programming.

Marking its biggest single investment since launch in 1996, Sky News has unveiled a new broadcast and business centre based at News Corp HQ in Sydney’s centre, now home to Australia’s only 24-hour business channel Sky News Business.

The state-of-the-art dedicated business studio will broadcast live, breaking business news across the country and sees the creation of the News Corp Australia National Business Hub.

Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, said: “The move of Sky News Business to Holt Street is an exciting step for our company, with the channel now based at the centre of Australian business journalism.

“The new studio creates, for the first time, a dynamic business hub delivering high value business news video content across all News Corp Australia platforms and brands.”

Angelos Frangopoulos, Australian News Channel CEO, said: “When News Corp Australia acquired the Sky News company last year, we began to closely integrate our businesses, our talent and our teams. Bringing Sky News Business into News Corp HQ not only reinforces our continued commitment to quality journalism, it brings new levels of vibrancy to our businesses and many collaborative opportunities in the future.”

Sky News Live complete new schedule

Speers, premieres today then each Monday-Thursday at 4pm: The new marquee political news program led by Australia’s preeminent political journalist David Speers. Broadcasting live from Canberra, Speers continues the tradition of the prestigious end of day program PM Agenda as appointment event viewing for politicians, opinion leaders and news makers.

Speers on Sunday, premieres January 28 at 8am: In 2018 Sky News will expand its Sunday morning political programming with the launch of Speers on Sunday, with David Speers joining the channel’s Sunday morning lineup for the first time.

Paul Murray Live, now weeknights at 9pm: It’s the number one talk show on Foxtel and from today Paul Murray Live extends to five nights a week. Join Australia’s favourite night time broadcaster Paul Murray and his team as they take an alternative look at the day’s news in this robust debate show, followed by PML Overtime from 10pm, now also five nights a week.

Credlin, premieres Monday, November 20 then weeknights at 6:00pm: Australia’s most sought out political commentator Peta Credlin joins the weeknight line-up as anchor of Credlin. She is a strategist and policy professional with more than a decade at the highest levels of Australian politics and will offer her razor sharp political analysis each weeknight.

LIVE Now with Ashleigh Gillon, now Monday-Wednesday at 9:30am: Political reporter Ashleigh Gillon will anchor LIVE Now, the go-to morning program for breaking news, political analysis and the most up-to-date announcements in business, sport and weather live from the Sky News Perth studio.

LIVE Now with Samantha Maiden, now Thursday – Friday at 9:30am: Each Thursday and Friday political reporter Samantha Maiden will anchor LIVE Now from the Sky News Canberra studio in Parliament House. She continues in the role of Sky News political reporter, covering breaking news out of Canberra.

NewsDay with Laura Jayes, now Monday-Thursday from 12:00pm-4:00pm: Sky News anchor and political reporter Laura Jayes leads NewsDay each Monday-Thursday, steering the channel’s daytime coverage and anchoring during sitting weeks.

Peter van Onselen will continue delivering his insights and analysis as Sky News Contributing Editor. Van Onselen is also Contributing Editor at The Australian. In 2018 Peter will return as host of the must-watch political show Contrarians.

To the Point with Kristina Keneally, Monday-Thursday at 1:00pm from January 29: Expansion of the channel’s Canberra-based programming will see Kristina Keneally move to Canberra to anchor the lunchtime political program from the channel’s studio in Parliament House. Keneally will examine politics with a critical eye and an insider’s perspective on the inner workings of Canberra and Cabinet. Keneally will also continue in her role as contributor to leading political programs AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert and the new national affairs program Speers.

Outsiders, Thursdays at 8:00pm from February 1 and continuing Sundays at 10:00am: The team behind the top rating Sunday morning discussion program Outsiders, Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean, join the channel’s evening line-up in 2018.

Heads Up with Janine Perrett, Monday-Thursday at 11:00pm from January 29: Janine Perrett will anchor Heads Up, Australia’s only late night current affairs show, a must-watch for news junkies and mandatory viewing for newsmakers and politicians seeking a heads up for day ahead.

First Edition with Kieran Gilbert and Brooke Corte, Monday-Friday at 5:00am from January 29: Brooke Corte returns to the Sky News flagship morning program First Edition, partnering with chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert to deliver unrivalled national affairs coverage first. Brooke will anchor from the Sky News Centre in Sydney while Kieran will broadcast from the Sky News Canberra studio, keeping his finger on the pulse of the latest political news from the nation’s capital.

More bureaus, more Australian news coverage: As part of its ongoing commitment to the coverage of regional news, Sky News will open a bureau in Townsville with Sky News Reporter Olivia GraceCurran covering the issues affecting Far North Queensland for the channel’s news platforms.

It follows this year’s launch of the new Gold Coast studio adding to the Sky News portfolio of bureaus which include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Geelong, Cairns and Australia’s only New Zealand news bureau, based in Wellington.

The extended Sky News Live 2018 programming line-up is detailed below.

Further investment announcements regarding Sky News Weather and the Sky News digital platforms will be made soon.

Sky News Live 2018 Programming Line-up

  • First Edition with Kieran Gilbert and Brooke Corte (Weekdays at 5:00am)
  • AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert (Weekdays at 8:30am)
  • LIVE Now with Ashleigh Gillon (Monday – Wednesday at 9:30am)
  • LIVE Now with Samantha Maiden (Thursday and Friday at 9:30am)
  • NewsDay with Laura Jayes (Monday – Thursday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm)
  • To the Point with Kristina Keneally live from Canberra (Monday – Thursday at 1:00pm)
  • SPEERS with David Speers (Monday – Thursday at 4:00pm)
  • Credlin with Peta Credlin (Weeknights at 6:00pm)
  • The Bolt Report with Andrew Bolt (Weeknights at 7:00pm)
  •  Beattie & Newman with Peter Beattie and Campbell Newman (Mondays at 8:00pm)
  • Jones & Co with Alan Jones and Peta Credlin (Tuesdays at 8:00pm)
  • Richo with Graham Richardson (Wednesdays at 8:00pm)
  • Outsiders with Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean (Thursdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 10:00am)
  • Politics HQ with Nicholas Reece (Fridays at 8:00pm)
  • Paul Murray LIVE and PML Overtime with Paul Murray (Weeknights from 9:00pm)
  • Heads Up with Janine Perrett (Monday – Thursday at 11:00pm)
  • Pyne & Marles with Christopher Pyne and Richard Marles (Returns in 2018)
  • The Friday Show with Janine Perrett (Fridays at 4:00pm)
  • Saturday Edition and Sunday Edition with Jaynie Seal and Greg Thomson (Saturdays & Sundays from 7:00am)
  • Speers on Sunday with David Speers (Sundays at 8:00am)
  • Karvelas with Patricia Karvelas (Sundays at 7:00pm)

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