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1988
Click for larger image Before there was the Sky News channel, Sky used to make short news bulletins from a small studio for Sky Channel, presented by Arnout Van Lynden back in 1988.

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1989
Click for larger image These stills are taken from the very first edition of Sky News at 6pm with Penny Smith & Alistair Yatesat on February 5th 1989.
 
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1989
Click for larger image This ident would be played at the top of the hour. "You're watching Sky News - part of the Sky Television network."

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1989
Click for larger image An brighter looking updated version of the original, with a new voiceover

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Click for larger image This is the full Sky News ident, rarely used before news on the hour.

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1989
Linda Duberly and Stephen Cole with a bulletin from 1989, the right hand clip is the close.
 
The 1989 presenting teams were as follows - Sunrise with Penny Smith & Alistair Yates, Morning Edition with Bob Friend & Vivien Creegor, Afteroon Edition with Christopher Morris & Kay Burley, Sky World News Tonight with Alison Holloway & Scott Chisolm, Overnight with Lindsay Brancher and the weekend team was Jo Sheldon & Arnout Van Linden, Linda Duberly & Stephen Cole.

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Click for larger image Sky World News Tonight
1989
Alison Holloway and Stephen Cole with a bulletin from 1989, the right hand clip is the close.
 
Sky News adopted an off the shelf american news package called "Great News" composed by Frank Gari. Many local US stations including KABB, KCAU, WLWT and KMOV used the same music. Sky used "Great News" for many years.

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Click for larger image Sky World News
1989
Sky World News with Stephen Cole and Linda Duberly
 
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Click for larger image Sky World News End / Start of parts
1989
Click for larger image From the same programme here are the end of part and start of parts

Click for larger image Sky News Update
1989
Click for larger image Scott Chisholm and Alison Holloway bring you this short headlines update, shown at 45 minutes past the hour, at the start of the commercial break

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1989
Click for larger image Chris Mann here with another example of a Sky News update...

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1989
Click for larger image Kay Burley presents this update which acts as a preview for the next on-the-hour bulletin.

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1989
Click for larger image Sky World News Weekend Edition with Stephen Cole and Linda Duberly

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1989
Click for larger image The start of another on-the-hour bulletin with David Glencourse

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1989
The start and finish of a weekend lunchtime news round-up. The bulletin ends with a shots of the gallery and the newsroom.
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Click for larger image Sky World News
1989
Click for larger image The end of a promo for Sunrise followed by Sky World News from 29 July 1989.

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1989
A morning bulletin with Vivien Cregor and the late Bob Friend.
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Click for larger image Sky News Sunrise
1989
Click for larger image Sky News' breakfast programme has been called Sunrise from day one and here's the start of the programme from 18 July 1989 which was a day of misery for commuters as a rail strike was taking place on that day.

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1989
Bob Friend, Vivieen Creegor and Matthew Lorenzo with sport presented Sky News Morning Edition back in 1989.
 
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Click for larger image Sky World News Tonight
1989
Click for larger image Sky World News Tonight with Alison Holloway and Scott Chisholm.
 
A dedicated title sequence was introduced later in 1989. Why is the Sky logo surrounded by barbed wire?
 
Sky One also simulcast the 11pm edition of the programme, possibly to give Sky One a more 'mainstream' feel.


Click for larger image World Business Report
1989
Click for larger image Sky's morning half hour business programme, presented by Penny Smith and Alistair Yates
 
It later was reinvented as The International Business Report


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1989
Click for larger image A special set of titles for the visit of George and Barbara Bush to the United Kingdom

Click for larger image Review of the Year 1989
1989
Click for larger image To finish the year off, Review of the Year titles, from the half hour programme highlighting the major events from the previous 12 months

One of the unique aspect of Sky News anchors, was that they humanised the news, by chatting to each other, this is a technique know has 'happy talk' borrowed from CNN. At the end of the programme, time would be given to them to chat and also hand over to the next set of anchors, by name checking them.


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Lindsay Brancher
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Some example of early Sky News graphics... a far cry from the cutting edge graphics they've developed and become famous for these days..


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