Tuesday, September 20, 2016


The new Sky News schedule ? Some newer, presumably cheaper, presenters, built around surviving icons Burley and Boulton - all brought to you in a new glass box.

At Breakfast (Sunrise in Sky-speak) Sarah-Jane Mee (hyphenated as Sarah Jane-Mee in the release) replaces Eamonn Holmes, though I suspect co-host Jonathan Samuels thinks he has something to contribute.

Eamonn's Sky screen wife, Isabel Webster (replacing Charlotte Hawkins) is shuffled to Friday, Saturday and Sunday, alongside the often uncomfortable Stephen Dixon.

On weekdays, Adam Boulton will attempt to satiate those with a love of political minutiae from 10am, ahead of Andrew Neil's Daily Politics.  Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker cover from 11am to 3pm, then La Burley spreads out to fill the Jeremy Thompson-size hole to 6.30pm.

Ian King gets half an hour of business from 6.30pm to 7pm. Then Dermot Murnaghan has two hours, before Anna Botting continues to interviews Pierce and Maguire endlessly until midnight, pretending it's about the next day's papers.

At the weekend, there are new shows for Sophy Ridge, Niall Paterson and Gillian Joseph.

Can a cost-saving revamp of the BBC News Channel line-up be far behind ?

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