FOX Sports has made the decision that Sky Sports News, the 24/7 news channel that used to be simulcast on FOX Soccer at hourly periods throughout the day, will not return to US television in its current form.
Despite initial reports that Sky Sports News would air in the early morning hours on FOX Sports 1, FOX has decided instead to integrate features and reports from Sky Sports News into its new FOX Soccer Daily show, which will debut August 19.
According to a FOX Sports spokesman, “The Sky Sports News content will include both features and updates that air on Sky Sports News (outside of the US) and exclusive features produced specifically for ‘FOX Soccer Daily’ and ‘FOX Sports Live.’”
While Sky Sports News as we know it will cease to be shown on US television, the compromise offered by FOX Sports 1 will appease some soccer fans. But in the changing landscape of soccer on US television, this is a huge disappointment for the hardcore soccer fanbase who have grown accustomed to watching the news and reports on a daily basis.
In some ways, FOX Soccer spoiled us by showing the Sky Sports News program. But in other ways, now that Americans have been accustomed to watching Sky Sports News on US television, they may seek out other alternatives to tuning in to the programming instead of having brief features and updates crammed into an already tight 30 minute show.