London, England • Founded in 1986 • Trust Project news partner since
Sky News is a news organization and television station based in Britain that operates 24 hours a day, reporting on both national and international news stories.
Sky News aims to be the trusted source for information in the U.K. by reporting with clarity and integrity. It reports on a range of stories in the U.K. and globally that focus on politics and business news.
Sky News journalists are required to respect and abide by the law and the obligations imposed by the Ofcom Broadcasting Code. This includes keeping written records and accurate, detailed notes; ensuring that all reporting has a public interest justification at its core; being impartial and unbiased when reporting; and treating subjects justly and fairly.
Sky News is an editorially independent part of Sky UK. Sky UK's parent company Comcast NBCUniversal has guaranteed current funding levels for Sky News until at least 2028.
Sky News commits to representing its users by featuring a range of interviewees and first-person opinion writers. The outlet say it additionally keeps a record of the gender and ethnic diversity of its contributors.
Sky works closely with independent production companies and external organizations like the Journalism Diversity Fund and the Creative Diversity Network to diversify its talent pipeline.
When Sky News is contacted about a potential error or challenged on a broadcasted or published fact, the policy required detailed notes to be taken of where and when it happened. The complaining individual's name and number will be noted and sent to the output editor and/or the managing editor. If it relates to a legal issue, Sky News' legal adviser is made aware. The error will be investigated, and the station will decide what action is required to rectify it on whichever platform it was published on.
Requests for anonymity are carefully considered before being agreed upon. according to its policy. The station says it always encourages sources to speak on the record and when possible, on camera.
The name of a source is only withheld if there is a risk that they could be put in legal or physical danger upon publication. In those cases, Sky will explain to its viewers why the source is unnamed, and why they are a credible source.
Unnamed sources may also be used to gain background or context to stories.
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