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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Job losses as Sky News Ireland is axed

Sky News Ireland is to be axed according to BSkyB in a statement released today.

The Irish wing of Sky News which employs 29 people including a cameraman and journalist in Limerick, will cease broadcasting its two nightly bulletins in late November with their last broadcast on the 30th of the month.

Since it’s inception almost two years ago , Sky News Ireland failed to grab any significant ratings even after moving there bulletins to Sky One.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News, said ,

"The talented and dedicated Sky News Ireland team has produced a high quality product, some outstanding journalism and attracted a loyal audience. I would like to thank them for their commitment and professionalism to date. The decision to change direction is a difficult one but our commitment to choice and innovation means that we will always take risks and try new ideas. Irish stories remain an integral part of the main channel as well as new media outlets as Sky News refocuses its resources in a way that continues to meet the needs of consumers in the broadband age."

Jobs will be lost as the company intends to axe their Limerick office and significantly reduce employee numbers in their Dublin and Belfast bureaus to just 5 employees in total.

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