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Sky Sports

Group of sports television channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky plc add

Category: Journalism

Founded in 1952.

Countries: United Kingdom (52%), Europe (7%), (6%)

Main connections: Premier League, BBC, BSkyB

Linked to: BBC, Association of Tennis Professionals, Gaelic Athletic Association, Association football

 

Timeline


 

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1957

Richard Keys - "'Richard Keys"' is an English radio presenter best known for his time with British sports channel Sky Sports from 1991 until 2011


1959

Martin Brundle - "'Martin John Brundle"' is a British racing driver from England, known as a Formula One driver and as a commentator for ITV Sport from 1997 to 2008, the BBC from 2009 to 2011 and Sky Sports from 2012


1978

Natalie Pinkham - "'Natalie Jane Pinkham"' is a British television and radio presenter, Formula One pit lane reporter for Sky Sports F1, having held the same post for BBC Radio 5 Live in 2011


1984

Bob Willis - Retiring in 1984 following a Test series against the West Indies, Willis found later work as a commentator with Sky Sports


1989

In 1989, Sky acquired the rights to WWE, from America add something

 

Des Kelly - He has guested on Channel 4's Clive Anderson's "Sports Talk Show", Sky Sports' "Hold the Back Page" show and one of his first assignments was to provide live reports for Sky News from England's 3-0 win over Poland in 1989

 

Bob Willis - Willis appeared on "BBC TV Cricket" between 1989 and 1999 as a summariser before joining Sky Sports in 2000

 

At launch on 5 February 1989, Sky Television operated Eurosport as a 50/50 joint venture with the European Broadcasting Union add something


1990

Launched on BSB in 1990, The Sports Channel survived BSB's merger with Sky Television to become one of the five channels operated by the consolidated &British_Sky_Broadcasting add something

 

Sky was the first broadcaster to show live coverage of a complete overseas tour involving the England cricket team when England toured the West Indies in 1990 add something

 

Sky's involvement with sports broadcasting did not end with its exit from the Eurosport venture, since following the merger of Sky Television with British Satellite Broadcasting in November 1990, it had acquired the name and assets from BSB's service "The Sports Channel" add something

 

Richard Keys - Keys presented TV-am for the final time on 28 December 1990 before he left for Sky Sports full time


1991

It has played a major role in the increased commercialisation of British sport since 1991, sometimes playing a large role in inducing organisational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the Premier League to break away from The Football League in 1992 add something

 

The European Commission agreed, and the Eurosport joint venture ceased broadcasting in early 1991 add something

 

The channel was sold as one of the major draws of the Sky system and initially aired sports such as rugby and golf in 1991, before acquiring rights to German and Italian league football in 1996 add something

 

Martin Tyler - British Satellite Broadcasting's merger with Sky meant the Sports Channel became Sky Sports in 1991

 

Richard Keys - When BSB merged with Sky in 1991, the channel was renamed Sky Sports

 

The Sports Channel was renamed Sky Sports on 20 April 1991, and began broadcasting to Sky viewers via the newly launched Astra 1B satellite on that date, alongside its existing transmissions on BSB's Marcopolo satellite add something


1992

However, it was following the formation of the Premier League for the 1992/93 football season, believed to have been assisted by the promise of higher TV payments, that Sky Sports became well known add something

 

Sky Sports covered some BDO Tournaments during its inception including the 1992 Winmau World Masters which was previously broadcast on &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)). Since the creation of the World Darts Council in 1992, since renamed the Professional Darts Corporation , formed when many of the leading darts players, including Phil Taylor, Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Dennis Priestley, broke away from the British Darts Organisation , the game's sole ruling body, Sky Sports has broadcast the new organisation's main darts tournaments live, which currently includes add something

 

Chris Cowdrey - He retired in 1992 after a single season at Glamorgan, and has since been a broadcaster for TalkSport, as well as the occasional project with Sky Sports

 

Richard Keys - Keys presented Sky Sports coverage of Premier League football since the league's inception in 1992

 

Elton Welsby - The loss of top flight football to Sky Sports in 1992 hit ITV Sport hard, and Welsby's final work for ITV was as an anchorman at the 1992 European Championships


1993

Between 1993-2007 Sky were the only regular UK broadcaster of PDC Darts however this changed in 2007 when &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) covered the PDC/BDO tournament the Grand Slam of Darts, this moved to Sky in 2011 however ITV continued to show the European Championship and Players Championship Finals, their coverage expanded in 2014 to cover the UK Open and the Masters add something

 

Sky were the exclusive UK broadcasters of the PGA Tour from 1993 to 2006 until Setanta Sports bought the rights in 2007, the Irish subscription network went into administration midway through the 2009 season and the rights for the remainder of the season were awarded to Eurosport add something


1994

From 1994 until 2013, Sky Sports broadcast live matches from the Aviva Premiership add something

 

Sky Sports Darts coverage was initially presented by Jeff Stelling with Eric Bristow and commentary by John Gwynne and Dave Lanning while Sid Waddell joined Sky from the BBC in 1994 add something

 

Sid Waddell - From 1994, he became an independently employed commentator, but mainly associated with his work with Sky Sports

 

Chris Hollins - Hollins started his media career at London TV station Channel One TV, owned by Associated newspapers, he moved to Sky Sports in 1994 followed by spells at GMTV, Meridian and Five TV

 

Peter Oosterhuis - In 1994, Oosterhuis was hired to cover the PGA Tour by Britain's Sky Sports and covered two Open Championships for the BBC

 

Sid Waddell - The first darts tournament he commentated on for Sky Sports was the 1994 World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in July 1994

 

Sid Waddell - The first darts tournament he commentated on for Sky Sports was the 1994 World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in July 1994

 

Sky launched its second sport-dedicated channel, "Sky Sports 2" on 19 August 1994, three years after the original channel launched on the Marcopolo satellite on BSB add something


1995

Since 1995, they have held the exclusive live UK rights to the biennial team event between USA and Europe, broadcasting the event in its entirety for the first time at Oak Hill in 1995 add something

 

Mark Nicholas - He worked freelance in 1995 for Sky and others, before signing for Sky Sports in 1996 as anchorman, where his first major role was presenting domestic and international cricket

 

Frank Warren (promoter) - In 1995 Warren signed an exclusive deal with the pay-TV operator British Sky Broadcasting, but having moved his promotions successfully around all of the UK television networks, he currently has a television deal with Sky Sports

 

Helen Chamberlain - She began presenting on Sky Sports's popular British Saturday morning sports show "Soccer AM" from 1995

 

"Sky Sports Gold", a channel dedicated to classic sport, in a similar vein to &ESPN_Classic (ESPN_Classic_(UK)), launched on 1 November 1995 add something


1996

These changes caused great controversy when they were introduced in 1996, yet they have been seen by many as positive and as having an impact even greater than the broadcaster has had with football add something

 

Mark Durden-Smith - He moved to Sky Sports in 1996, presenting a wide range of programmes

 

Stan Bowles - His 1996 autobiography revealed the extent of his drinking, womanizing and gambling during his playing days, and helped to secure a role as a pundit on Sky Sports, where he again replaced Rodney Marsh

 

On 16 August 1996, "Sky Sports 3" was launched add something


1998

Mark Durden-Smith - He began his presenting career as host of Sky Sports live rugby union coverage, which included weekly English Premiership fixtures, domestic and European cup competitions and Internationals Tests, including the English home Six Nations matches in 1998

 

Mark Nicholas - His last role with Sky Sports was presenting the network's live and exclusive coverage of the 1998-1999 Ashes series in Australia

 

October 1998 saw BSkyB launch Sky Digital from a new satellite, Astra 2A at 28,2° east add something

 

Sky Sports News launched on 1 October 1998, with Sky Digital becoming BSkyB's first digital only channel add something


1999

Since 1999 it has offered interactive coverage with options including the American coverage, Highlights and course guides add something

 

Since its inception in 1999, Sky Sports has broadcast the World Golf Championships exclusively live, with the exception of the 2001 WGC-American Express Championship, which was broadcast on the BBC. They usually present the broadcast on site, as they do for major championships and the Ryder Cup, reflecting their importance in the game as the next most important series of events after the majors add something

 

Sky Sports' first started broadcasting Home England Tests in 1999 add something

 

Phil Clarke - He began working with &Sky_television in 1999 alongside Bill Arthur on Academy matches but nowadays he can be seen working with Eddie Hemmings and Mike "Stevo" Stephenson on Sky Sports Super League broadcasts and is respected for his in depth analysis of games and regularly "knocks sense" into colleague Mike Stephenson

 

Howard Clark (golfer) - His last season on the tour was 1999 and he subsequently worked as an on course commentator for Sky Sports

 

Denis Hutchinson - Hutchinson retired from tournament golf after playing on the South African Seniors Tour in 1999, and has since become considered as the "voice of golf" in South Africa, having been a mainstay of the SuperSport golf commentary team, as well as working internationally for Sky Sports

 

Jimmy Hill - In 1999, Hill moved from the BBC to Sky Sports, where he featured on "Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement", a weekly discussion show between Hill and three football journalists conducted over a Sunday breakfast

 

David Lloyd (cricketer) - Lloyd has been a regular Sky Sports commentator since 1999

 

Mark Nicholas - Since his retirement as a player, Nicholas has worked in broadcasting, first as a commentator for Sky Sports, and from 1999 to 2005 as the anchorman for Channel 4's cricket coverage

 

Robert Lee (golfer) - Since leaving the tour at the end of the 1999 season, Lee has worked as an analyst for Sky Sports

 

Chris Warren (rugby league) - Warren left Australia to join satellite television channel Sky Sports' Rugby League team in the United Kingdom in February 1999 as a presenter; he was the regular host of the channel's live coverage of Australia's National Rugby League and State of Origin series

 

This was followed by "Sky Sports Xtra", in March 1999 add something

 

The channel launched in April 1999, and is a free bonus channel for those who subscribe to both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 add something

 

On 22 August 1999, Sky utilised a feature of the, new, Sky Digital system to allow an "interactive" football match to be shown add something


2000

Bryan Robson - In 2000 he was exposed as having an affair with Sky Sports reporter Clare Tomlinson

 

On 10 April 2000, Sky Sports News relaunched as "SkySports.com TV", a move to bring it tie into the launch of the SkySports.com website add something


2001

Around 2001, a cross-branding deal ensured that a quiz under the name of the Championship Manager series was produced with the Sky Sports name on it add something

 

Amanda Davies - Davies joined Sky Sports as a runner straight from university in 2001

 

Ross McFarlane - Having struggled to build on that win, in 2001 McFarlane played only a few tournaments as he joined Sky Sports as a golf commentator, despite still having over a year left on his European Tour exemption

 

Georgie Thompson - After graduating, Thompson worked as a production assistant on a research and production scheme for GMTV, alongside fellow sport enthusiast Billy Stenning, before moving to Sky Sports in January 2001

 

PremPlus launched on 18 August 2001, showing 40 pay-per-view Premier League matches add something


2002

Dave Clark replaced Stelling in 2002 although covered some tournaments in 2001, Pyke joined the commentary team in 2003, Rod Harrington and Nigel Pearson joined in 2005, Rod Studd joined in 2008 and former BBC Darts commentators David Croft and John Part joined in 2013 add something

 

Dan Lobb - From there he moved on to "5 News" and was offered a contract by Sky Sports in January 2002, presenting mostly on "Sky Sports News"

 

This marked the first time Sky Sports premium channels have been shown via DTT since &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) Digital collapsed in May 2002 add something


2003

However, by summer 2003, the channel had launched on Virgin Media add something

 

In 2003, Sky Sports began its coverage of the Heineken Cup, when it outbid the previous rights holder BBC Sport with its offer of £20 million for 3 years add something


2004

In 2004, Sky signed an exclusive deal to broadcast live English cricket matches for four seasons from 2006 to 2009 for a fee of £55 million a year add something

 

Jeff Hawkes - Hawkes joined the European Seniors Tour in 2004, but has yet to win at that level, although his playing schedule is rather limited as he works as a golf commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the United Kingdom

 

"'At the Races"' was originally founded by the Go Racing consortium, a partnership of Channel 4, BSkyB, and Arena Leisure plc in July 2004 add something


2005

Following the departure of Frank Warren's Sports Network to &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) during 2005, many of the top British boxers no longer fight on Sky. However, many top American fights are still broadcast as well as the remainder of Britain's top fighters add something

 

Jeff Stelling - At the start of the 2005-06 Premiership football season, Stelling replaced Ian Payne as the host of Sky Sports' "Ford Monday Night Football" programme

 

Mike Atherton - Atherton joined the Sky Sports commentary team in 2005, after they won the rights to live Test cricket in England

 

Gary Newbon - Gary subsequently returned to Central's screens as a pundit on Central Soccer Night in 2005 before moving to his current job at Sky Sports

 

Amanda Davies - She was an occasional reporter, making her presenting debut on Sky Sports News with Ian Payne in 2005

 

Graham Stuart (footballer) - Stuart retired from professional football in August 2005 at the age of 34, and subsequently he has done television work for Sky Sports

 

Alan Mullery - He now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, and in September 2005 took a role with Conference club Crawley Town as a 'football consultant'

 

Matty Kay - Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, Kay made his debut for Blackpool against Scunthorpe United on 13 November 2005, in front of the Sky Sports cameras, setting a new club record as the youngest player, at 16 years 32 days, ever to play for Blackpool in a league match

 

Lucy Pinder - On 31 December 2005, Pinder appeared on Sky Sports as a celebrity soccerette on "Soccer AM" during which she wore a Southampton jersey


2006

In 2006, Sky Sports began showing a replay from a match in the Elite Ice Hockey League every week add something

 

The event was broadcast in High Definition for the first time in 2006 at the K Club in County Kildare Ireland add something

 

This arrangement continued until 2006, when Sky Sports' flagship live coverage of England's home test series began add something

 

Daniel Mann (football reporter) - He made his Sky Sports debut in 2006 and has subsequently covered several live Football League and UEFA Champions League matches, whilst commentating on Premier League matches for Football First

 

Peter Reid - He worked as a pundit for the BBC at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and worked for Sky Sports and ESPN before returning to management with Thailand in 2008

 

Anita Rani - In May 2006 she joined Sky Sports where she became co-presenter with Simon Thomas on the "Cricket AM" show each Saturday morning

 

Sky Sports 1 HD launched on 22 May 2006 as Sky Sports HD, and airs live cricket, Premier League and The Football League as well as Rugby Premiership and Super League Rugby add something

 

In July 2006, "Sky Sports HD2" launched on Sky Digital channel 409, at the same time "Sky Sports HD1" moved to channel 408, with Sky Sports News switching to channel 405 add something

 

Djibril Cisse - On 2 July 2006, Cissé claimed on Sky Sports that Benitez was forcing him out of the club

 

Carlos Tevez - On 23 August 2006, Sky Sports reported that Tévez was refusing to play for Corinthians

 

Peter Beagrie - Following this his retirement from football was announced during the "You're On Sky Sports" programme on 30 October 2006


2007

In 2007, a rival pay television operator, the Irish network Setanta Sports, acquired a share in the British rights to live Premier League matches, breaking Sky's long-standing monopoly add something

 

The tournament has become more and more popular in recent years with the 2007 World Final achieving a viewing figure in excess of 1 million for the first time add something

 

Steven Berkoff - Berkoff appears in the opening sequence to Sky Sports' coverage of the 2007 Heineken Cup Final, modelled on a speech by Al Pacino in the 1999 film "Any Given Sunday"

 

William Prunier - On 4 February 2007, he appeared on Sky Sports giving an intro and his point of view on the 4-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in 1996

 

Gregory Arnolin - On 12 June 2007, British sports channel Sky Sports reported that Arnolin was preparing to sign for West Bromwich Albion of the Football League Championship after manager Tony Mowbray made it clear that the player was one of his summer transfer targets

 

On 5 August 2007, the channel was "refreshed" in line with the Sky Sports new look add something

 

Stephen Bywater - In an October 2007 interview with Clare Tomlinson on Sky Sports' "Goals On Sunday" programme he spelt out the word "cunt" whilst live on air as part of an anecdote, an incident which saw Tomlinson placed on two months leave

 

Jay Schroeder - He has occasionally worked as an analyst for Sky Sports' NFL coverage since November 2007


2008

Since Sky has acquired the rights to show home international series involving England, Australia, West Indies, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh at various times as well as showing almost every England overseas tour, ICC tournaments such as the Cricket World Cup, Champions Trophy and World Twenty20 as well as the Stanford Super Series in 2008 add something

 

Sky Sports previously showed the 2008 World Cup exclusively live add something

 

The 2008 Ryder Cup was screened in HD. add something

 

"Monday Night Football", "Thursday Night Football", "Thanksgiving Day games" and the NFL Playoffs were shown in HD from 2008 add something

 

Kevin Campbell (footballer) - Campbell was featured on the Sky Sports series "Where are They Now-" in 2008, when he was the co-owner of a security company "T1 Protection", specialising in supplying bodyguards to celebrities and other wealthy customers whilst traveling abroad

 

Shane Warne - He later rejoined Nine in 2008, and was signed by Sky Sports in 2009

 

Richard Keys - Keys was involved in controversy while presenting the Faroe Islands against Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifier on 6 June 2007 on Sky Sports

 

HD broadcasts of rugby league's Super League began from the start of the 2008 season in February 2008 add something

 

Sky Sports HD3 launched on 17 March 2008, to coincide with WWE's first UK HD broadcast add something

 

Colin Kenna - On 11 April 2008 Kenna appeared in the "Prizefighter" competition on Sky Sports, but was knocked out by Paul Butlin in 2nd round of the quarter final

 

Cristiano Ronaldo - On 5 June 2008, Sky Sports reported that Ronaldo had expressed an interest in moving to Real Madrid if they offered him the same amount of money the team had allegedly promised him earlier in the year

 

Richard Keys - In November 2008, Sky Sports was criticised by Roy Keane who named Keys by person in his criticism, "I was asked last week by ITV to do the Celtic game," he said

 

Carol Vorderman - On 21 November 2008 it was announced that these would be 22-year-old Oxford graduate Rachel Riley and Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, respectively

 

Dan Lobb - On 30 December 2008 during a live Sky Sports News program, Lobb was co-presenting with Simon Thomas when it was revealed that this would be Lobb's final appearance on the channel


2009

Since 2009 the tournament has been shot in High Definition add something

 

Since 2009, Sky Sports and BBC Sport have shared live coverage of the BMW PGA Championship and Barclays Scottish Open, with Sky broadcasting live coverage of Thursday and Friday and the BBC (BBC_Sport) screening the weekend action add something

 

Jeff Stelling - In January 2009 he took over as host of the Channel 4 quiz show "Countdown", but in May 2011 it was announced that he would leave the show at the end of the year due to his commitments with Sky Sports

 

Pete Graves - In February 2009 Pete joined Sky Sports News as a reporter

 

Ryan Taylor (footballer born 1984) - On 2 February 2009, Sky Sports reported that Taylor was at St James' Park undergoing a medical, and Newcastle's website later confirmed Taylor had signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club, and that this deal was a part exchange for Charles N'Zogbia

 

Brian Carney (rugby) - On the 2 June 2009 edition of the Sky Sports rugby league magazine show, "Boots N' All", Carney vehemently denied that a return to rugby league would lead to a subsequent career with the English national team, in favour of his own native team

 

On 22 June 2009, Setanta's British operations went into administration and ceased broadcasting, which saw ESPN enter the UK market add something

 

Clive Everton - He does, however, continue to be heard frequently on Sky Sports' coverage of the Premier League, and, in October 2009, joined Eurosport as a commentator for their World Series events , as well as covering three cushion billiards tournaments

 

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu - In November 2009, BBC and Sky Sports announced the Italian Serie A side Udinese will sign him in January 2010 and on 28 January 2010 Udinese Calcio announced the deal in their official site which the Udine club signed him permanently from Berlin FC. He received his first first team call-up against A.C. Milan on 12 February, but did not play


2010

A new deal was signed for the 2010/11 season in which Sky agreed to show eight live games throughout the season and a weekly highlights show every week add something

 

Coverage of the Australian National Rugby League Grand Final as well as the State of Origin series and the Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand in May, returned to Sky Sports in 2010 on a two-year contract but have since ended and gone to Premier Sports who are the main broadcasters of the NRL. add something

 

Due to large audience numbers, even though it is normally on Sky Sports 4, they decided to show a live game for the first time in several years when they showed the playoff finals in 2010 add something

 

In 2010, Sky Sports broadcast in excess of 150 tournaments from the men's and women's tours add something

 

In 2010, Sky broadcast the Ryder Cup in 3D, making it the first live event on Sky 3D, Europe's first residential 3D channel add something

 

On Sunday 31 Jan 2010, the Arsenal vs Manchester United game was shown in 3D in around 30 pubs around the UK. The special glasses were seen being tried by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, and the commentators and the studio presenters mentioned of this being a world premiere live Sports 3D presentation several times add something

 

Tony Cottee - He is now a commentator with Sky Sports and occasional pundit for Malaysian network Astro, appearing on its 2010 World Cup and Premier League studio coverage in Kuala Lumpur

 

In light of this, on 6 January 2010, Sky Sports Xtra was renamed "'Sky Sports 4"' add something

 

The first sports broadcast on Sky 3D was the Manchester United vs Chelsea Premier League game on 3 April 2010 add something

 

Sky Sports HD4 launched on 29 April 2010 add something

 

The station was launched in June 2010 and broadcasts online and via digital platforms from the Teamtalk studios in Leeds add something

 

Ben Shephard - On 30 June 2010, he announced his departure from GMTV two months earlier than planned in order to spend time with his family and do some charity work across Britain On 27 July, he announced he is signing a new contract with Sky Sports

 

Simon Baldry - The event took place on 25 July 2010 at the Sheffield Arena and was televised by Sky Sports

 

Hayley McQueen - She returned to Sky Sports in August 2010 as they launched Sky Sports News in HD

 

Owing to an Ofcom review of premium services, Sky Sports 1 and 2 launched on digital terrestrial television through BT Vision on 1 August 2010 and Top Up TV the following day add something

 

Due to an Ofcom review of premium services, Sky Sports HD1 and HD2 launched on the Virgin Media platform on 2 August 2010 add something

 

Ben Shephard - On 8 August 2010, he started doing work for Sky Sports on the show Goals on Sunday whilst doing a number of new projects with ITV.

 

Sky Sports News HD launched on 23 August 2010 add something

 

The channel was again given a 'new look' on 23 August 2010 of its own accord, gaining a significant graphics overhaul and broadcast in widescreen and HD for the first time add something

 

Franklin Egobi - In October 2010, Egobi entered the 14th "Prizefighter" aired live on "Sky Sports", where he faced Kevin McBride in the quarter-finals, losing by split decision

 

Jason Brown (footballer) - On 19 November 2010, Sky Sports reported that Brown had signed for Leyton Orient on a one-month loan


2011

Coverage of the 2011 World Cup was presented from London by David Gower and Matt Floyd along with a team of pundits which included the regular guests as well as Ajit Agarkar and Marvan Atapattu add something

 

From 2011 Sky have broadcast all four days of The Masters in High Definition and 3D, as well as the Par 3 Tournament add something

 

In 2011, Sky Sports Xtra returned as a subscriber-only video channel on SkySports.com add something

 

Martin Brundle - He signed for Sky Sports' coverage at the end of 2011 following the BBC's decision to relinquish their rights to show half of the following season's races live due to budgetary constraints

 

Rocky Boiman - In the summer of 2011 he was announced to be an analyst for the Sky Sports network in the UK. He was joined by Nick Ferguson and two other English analysts

 

Glen Johnson (English footballer) - On 8 January 2011, in response to criticism from former England midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, Johnson posted on his Twitter feed, "Comments from alcoholic drug abusers are not really gonna upset me and who is Paul Merson to judge players, he was average at the best of times

 

On 25 January 2011, Gray was sacked over the comments add something

 

Jamie Carragher - However in a February 2011 Sky Sports interview with Graeme Souness, it was revealed that Carragher had not made these comments

 

Richard Keys - In February 2011 Keys resigned after twenty years with Sky Sports, having made crude, sexually offensive remarks when he believed he was off-camera

 

Pete Graves - On 23 March 2011, Pete presented his first live association football match on Sky Sports

 

On 28 April 2011, Sky Sports' interactive features were made available on Virgin Media, following Virgin's sale of Virgin Media Television to BSkyB. add something

 

Dwight Yorke - On 14 August 2011, the Canaan-born football star signed a two-year deal to work for Sky Sports as a pundit

 

Cameron Jerome - On 31 August 2011, the last day of the transfer window, Jerome signed a four-year contract with Premier League club Stoke City for an undisclosed fee, believed by "Sky Sports" to be £4 million

 

Dominic Cork - He was released by Hampshire at the end of the 2011 season, shortly thereafter he announced his retirement on Sky Sports News on 22 September 2011

 

Natalie Pinkham - In December 2011 it was announced she was working for Sky Sports covering the 2012 F1 season

 

Georgie Thompson - Thompson left Sky Sports News on 29 December 2011 in order to put her presenting duties to Sky Sports F1


2012

Sky holds the rights until 2012, with BBC broadcasting evening highlights add something

 

Smallworld Cable added Sky Sports HD1 and HD2 in the first quarter of 2012 add something

 

This agreement ended in 2012 and Sky Sports surprisingly lost the rights to International Rugby League from the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. The matches for the 2013 World Cup are being shared between the BBC and Premier Sports with BBC (BBC_Sport) covering all England matches, Wales v Italy, One Quarter Final, One Semi-final and the Final add something

 

Until 2012, Sky aired Championship and Northern Rail Cup games on Thursdays and Sundays, until the rights for these were purchased by Premier Sports add something

 

Dean Sturridge - As of the 2012/13 Premier League season, he is a football match commentator for Sky Sports

 

Tony Greig - Greig has commentated for Channel Four in the United Kingdom and for Sky Sports' coverage of England's 2012 tour of Sri Lanka

 

Ricardo Vaz Te - "Sky Sports" reported on 1 January 2012 that Vaz Tê had rejected Barnsley's offer of a new contract

 

On 1 March 2012, the HD channels were given a minor rebrand, with the 'HD' moving to the end of the channel names, for example Sky Sports 1 HD instead of Sky Sports HD1 add something

 

Sky Sports F1 HD launched on 9 March 2012 add something

 

"'Sky Sports F1"' launched on 9 March 2012, providing Formula One coverage from March through to November add something

 

UPC Ireland added Sky Sports 1 HD and 2 HD along with Sky Sports News HD on 16 August 2012 add something


2013

Prior to this, six round-robin matches, one semi-final and final live on BBC until 2013 add something

 

Sky's contract to cover the event was extended until 2013, which was the 20th year of the tournament add something

 

Jamie Carragher - Following his retirement in 2013, it was announced that Carragher had signed a contract to join Sky Sports as a pundit alongside the likes of Graeme Souness, Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp

 

Naseem Hamed - Sky Sports 2013 Despite the poor preparation for the fight, he admitted complacency had set in and that he never envisaged getting beaten, and added the multi million dollar offer from HBO was a motivating factor for taking the fight

 

Dan Lobb - In January 2013 he presented a one-off Ping pong event for Sky Sports

 

Jamie Carragher - It was announced in June 2013 that Carragher will appear on the new look "Monday Night Football" programme on Sky Sports alongside Gary Neville with presenter Ed Chamberlin

 

The channels were withdrawn from terrestrial television, in favour of BT Sport 1 and 2, at midnight on 1 July 2013 add something

 

Di Stewart - Di is back on Sky Sports from August 2013 presenting a show every Saturday morning with Darren Campbell called Game Changers

 

It was widely reported that Sky used the West Ham United v Stoke City Premier League game on 31 August 2013 as an internal production test for broadcasting 4K / Ultra HD picture add something

 

Sky Sports 2 HD was rebranded to 'Sky Sports Ashes HD' in the same move used for the standard channel on 30 June until 31 August 2013 add something

 

To coincide with the 2013 Ashes series, Sky Sports 2 was renamed as Sky Sports Ashes on 30 June until 31 August 2013 add something


2014

Commencing from the 2014-15 season, Sky Sports began showing games from the Guinness Pro 12 add something

 

Following the demise of the Heineken Cup, Sky Sports will now share the rights to the newly formed Rugby Champions Cup with BT Sport, from the 2014-15 season add something

 

For the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, Sky Sports will show 116 live Premier League games each season add something

 

The BBC have signed a deal to be the home of International Rugby League covering the 2014 and 2016 Four Nations and the next Rugby League World Cup. Beginning in 2012, the channel airs Challenge Cup matches alongside the BBC: usually, they will air one match in the fourth and fifth rounds and two of the quarter-finals with highlights of the Semi-Finals and Finals which are exclusively live on the BBC (BBC_Sport). Rod Studd and Bill Arthur are the main commentators for these matches, with Carney, Clarke, Jon Wells and Graham Beecroft as summarisers/reporters add something

 

The deal covers the years, 2014 to 2016 add something

 

Marcus Trescothick - He nevertheless continues to play for Somerset into 2014, working as a commentator and analyst for Sky Sports in the off-season

 

On 30 January 2014, Sky Sports announced they had signed another five-year deal with & WWE. Sky will now continue to exclusively broadcast WWE's flagship shows in the UK and Ireland through to 2019 add something

 

Ben Shephard - On 3 March 2014, Ben announced on his official website that he would only be doing "Goals on Sunday" for Sky Sports as of 27 April 2014; however, it's yet to be seen after the said date whether or not he'll carry on doing the League Cup or The !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) for one more season

 

On 2 April 2014, Sky Sports signed a deal with the Gaelic Athletic Association to broadcast both the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship add something

 

On 10 June 2014, Sky announced that they would be launching Sky Sports 5 add something

 

Sky Sports 5 appeared on the Sky EPG as channel 407 on 12 June 2014 add something

 

Sky Sports 3 HD, Sky Sports 4 HD and Sky Sports F1 HD launched on Virgin Media on 15 July 2014 add something

 

It was rebranded as Sky Sports News HQ HD on 12 August 2014 along with the standard channel add something

 

It was rebranded as Sky Sports News HQ on 12 August 2014 add something

 

Sky Sports 5 HD launched on 12 August 2014 as well as being added on Virgin Media add something

 

Sky Sports 5 launched on 12 August 2014 add something

 

Sky Sports 4 HD will be rebranded to 'Sky Sports Ryder Cup HD' in the same move used for the standard channel on 18 September 2014 until 2 October 2014 add something

 

But as of 25 September 2014 future of Sky 3D looked in serious doubt as Sky announced they will not be airing a Premier League game for the 2014-15 season add something

 

From 18 September to 2 October 2014, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 4 as "Sky Sports Ryder Cup" add something


2015

It was later reported that Sky would launch their own 4K Set Up Box to broadcast sporting events in mid-end of 2015 add something

 

On January 1 2015, Sky Sports News HQ HD, along with Sky News HD were added on Virgin add something

 

Sky Sports has live coverage of the !US_Open (US_Open_(tennis)) tournament until 2015 add something

 

These rights will return to Sky from 2015 add something

 

Clive Everton - He now commentates for Sky Sports on their tournaments and Itv 4 for the champion of champions and world Grand Prix 2015 tournament

 

Sky Sports 3 became Sky Sports Darts for the 2015 William Hill World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on 18 December 2014 and was the home of darts till 5 January 2015 add something

 

From 14 February to 29 March 2015, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 2 as "Sky Sports World Cup" add something

 

It returned on December 14, 2015 however, Sky Sports F1 was temporarily renamed Sky Sports Darts until 5 January 2016 add something


2016

The broadcast rights are jointly held with Channel 4 from the 2016 season add something

 

On Wednesday 24th August 2016 Sky Sports F1 will move to a new location on the EPG to 408 to make way for Sky Sports Mix to launch on 407 add something

 

It will be launched on Wednesday 24 August 2016 on channel 407 add something

 

It repeated from 26 September to 5 October 2016 for the Ryder Cup for that year add something


2017

All races exclusively available in 4K Ultra-HD in 2017 add something

 

For the 2017 event it was Sky Sports 3 that was renamed add something

 

Sky Sports F1 will broadcast the entire 2017 Formula One season in 4K Ultra-HD, on the Sky Q Silver Ultra-HD package add something

 

The ECB have since renewed Sky Sports's deal until 2017 add something

 

On 10 July 2017, Sky announced it would re-align its sports channels, dropping the numbered services in favour of dedicated channels devoted to their core sports properties, including cricket, Formula One, golf, and two football channels, as well as two additional channels add something

 

On 18 July 2017, Sky re-aligned its sports channels, dropping the numbered services in favour of dedicated channels devoted to their core sports properties, including cricket, Formula One, golf, and two football channels , and three channels dedicated to general sports coverage add something

 

From 17 July to 24 July 2017, Sky Sports 4 was rebranded Sky Sports The Open, and would be replaced by Sky Sports 4's replacement, Sky Sports Golf add something

 

In August 2017, Sky announced that Kelly Cates will take over as host add something

 

In August 2017, Sky announced that the programme had been dropped for the upcoming Premier League campaign add something

 

From 14 December 2017 until 1 January 2018, Sky Sports Arena will become Sky Sports Darts add something


2018

Sky hold the rights to tour matches by England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand until 2018 add something

 

They have signed contracts to cover Ireland's Autumn Internationals until 2018 add something

 

However on 30 April 2018 it was announced that Sky had bought the channel and it would be rebranded as 'Sky Sports Racing' on or before 1 January 2019 add something

 

This was repeated from 7 May to 15 May 2018 add something

 

It was confirmed in December 2018 that the channel will be relaunched as "Sky Sports Racing" on 1 January 2019 add something


2019

From the start of the 2019 season, live and exclusive rights were won by Eleven Sports add something

 

On 1 January 2019, At The Races relaunched as "'Sky Sports Racing"'; the relaunch includes wider availability and heavier integration with the remaining Sky Sports channels, the relocation of production facilities to Sky Studios in Isleworth from their current base at SIS's facilities in Milton Keynes, and avaliability in high definition add something

 

On May 16, 2019 After years of relationship, Sky and WWE officially ended their relationship after WWE moved their content to Sky's television rival BT Sport add something

 

On 20 June 2019, it was announced that WWE would be leaving Sky Sports after 30 years, with BT Sport taking over the rights from January 2020 add something