Sky News to launch first daily news programme dedicated to climate change and the environment

Sunday 21 March 2021
  • The Daily Climate Show will appear across all of Sky News’ digital channels as well as in Prime-Time slots on the Sky News TV channel
  • The launch comes as Britain prepares to host the COP26 climate change summit; Sky is a Principal Partner and Media Partner at the summit to be held in Glasgow this November

On Wednesday 7th April, Sky News will launch the first daily prime time news show dedicated to climate change - the single biggest global issue of our generation.

Hosted by Sky News presenter Anna Jones, ‘The Daily Climate Show’ will showcase the work of Sky News correspondents both here and abroad as they investigate how global warming is changing our landscape and changing how we all live our lives. It will also highlight solutions to the crisis and show viewers small changes they can make that will make a big difference.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News said:There has never been a more urgent need to report accurately on the climate crisis and to bring this story to new audiences. In this critical year for action ahead of COP26, The Daily Climate Show from Sky News will feature forensic data-journalism, expert analysis and eye-witness reporting and look at the solutions to climate change.

COP26 President Alok Sharma said:As we prepare for COP26 in Glasgow I’m delighted to see how Sky, a Principal Partner and Media Partner for COP26, is informing and engaging its viewers about the climate crisis, and the need for urgent action, through the Daily Climate Show. Businesses, including media organisations, have a key part to play on the road to Glasgow and in helping us all build back greener.

The 15-minute programme will run on the Sky News website and app, on YouTube and Twitter and is broadcast at 6.30pm and 9.30pm Monday to Friday. A weekly digital edition will be published across all of Sky News’ social platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. A companion podcast ‘Climatecast’ will go into more depth on issues covered in the week and a “digital dashboard” will give Sky News viewers and consumers a live real time minute to minute view of how power is being generated and used, and how close the planet is from reaching a potentially catastrophic temperature increase.

The Daily Climate Show will put people at the heart of its journalism, hearing from those most impacted by climate change, and people adapting to it, as well as scientist and policy makers.

Sky News has a long-standing commitment to environmental issues with campaigns to protect the rainforest and to remove single use plastics. It has a dedicated climate change editorial team and Alex Crawford’s compelling documentary “The Plastic Nile’ recently won Environment Story of the Year at the Foreign Press Association media awards.

Sky News is a founding member of the albert News Consortium which provides a platform to share sustainable production practice among news organisations, including learnings from Sky's overall ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030.

Michelle Whitehead - Project Delivery Manager, Albert News Consortium said: "It's fantastic to see Sky yet again taking decisive action to further its environmental commitments. We're all well aware of the power our TV content has to help encourage and normalise sustainable behaviour. We have no doubt that The Daily Climate Show will really help audiences to understand the climate issues we face but equally feel empowered to make positive changes in their own lives and beyond."

Sky is a Principal Partner and Media Partner for the COP26 international climate change summit taking place in Glasgow this November. Aligning with its commitment to inform on the issues that matter, Sky News will use its award-winning, trusted journalism and forensic data journalism to engage with audiences on the climate crisis in innovative new ways.

Sky News is available to all free of charge via Sky TV channel 501, Freeview 132, and the live international streaming service on Sky News mobile and website as well as 24-hour breaking news coverage and analysis across our social channels.

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