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Ben Shepherd

Ben Shepherd has got to be laughing now.  After resigning from GMTV due to the new appointment of Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, Shepherd is reportedly looking at signing a £495,000 deal to front live football for Sky Sports.

According to reports, Sky will divide this season’s upcoming matches between Shepherd and current presenter Richard Keys.

An insider says, “whatever way you look at it, it’s a huge coup to get Ben Shephard onto the channel, and Sky will want value for money and to promote him wherever possible.  He was one of the most-known faces on ITV broadcasting to millions of people every week. Many viewers may feel that Ben is ideal to take over from Richard when he decides to step down.”

Shepherd is believed to have impressed bosses with his knowledge of football and rugby in particular and as a frequent participator of Soccer Aid, it must be his dream role.

Shepherd’s last GMTV show will air this Friday.

Sky can today announce that subscribers to the Sky Sports Pack will be given bonus access from 12th July until the end of the year to both Sky Mobile TV – the most popular mobile TV service in the UK – and Sky’s online TV service Sky Player.

This means that for a single monthly subscription Sky Sports Pack subscribers will be able to enjoy access to their favourite sports live across a range of platforms and devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, PC, Mac, Windows Media Centre, Fetch TV, Sky HD and Red Button.

Subscribers will be able to watch coverage of live televised Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League and Coca Cola Football League games, as well as live coverage of international and domestic cricket, PGA European Tour Golf, Guinness Premiership Rugby and a range of other sports. There will also be live breaking news from Sky News.

Sky Mobile TV

Access to the Sky Mobile TV app allows users of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to stream live TV via a 3G (on iPhone) or WiFi connection (on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad).

Channels available free of charge to Sky Sports Pack subscribers include all Sky Sports channels, Sky Sports News and Sky News.

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Sky Player

Sky Sports Pack subscribers will also be able to access live streams of all the action from Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as the latest headlines from Sky News

Mike Darcey, Chief Operating Officer, BSkyB, comments: “Delivering Sky Sports and Sky News content over multiple devices – including HD over the set-top box, online and on mobile – gives our subscribers more choice and control over when and where they enjoy our services, providing more value and convenience. By offering innovative access to Sky Sports across Mobile TV and Sky Player, we are providing a truly accessible multiplatform experience for our customers.”


Sky has announced plans to develop its successful Sky Sports News channel through increased editorial investment and the launch of Europe’s first high definition sports news service.

The increase in investment will build on the existing success of Sky Sports News, which pioneered the concept of a dedicated sports news channel in the UK and is watched in millions of homes every week.

The changes are designed to bring customers even richer and broader coverage of sports news, as well as faster reaction to breaking stories wherever they happen. The editorial enhancements will bring benefits for viewers of the existing standard definition channel as well as Sky Sports News HD, which will become the fifth HD channel in the Sky Sports stable when it goes live later this year.

Further details about the HD channel and other enhancements will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The investment plans will be supported by a move later this year for Sky Sports News to become exclusively a pay-TV channel, allowing it to benefit from continued growth in subscription revenues.  From that point, Sky Sports News will be available to Sky, Virgin Media and Talk Talk TV customers, as well as online and on mobile. Sky Sports News will be replaced on Freeview by Sky3+1, a time-shifted version of the existing Freeview channel, Sky3.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports News has been a great success over the last 12 years and we have big ambitions to make it even better. As part of a subscription service, customers can look forward to expanded coverage and the launch of Europe’s first HD sports news service.”


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