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Setanta Sports News
Setanta Sports News.svg
Launched 29 November 2007
Closed 23 June 2009[1]
Owned by Virgin Media Television &
Setanta Sports
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.1%
(February 2009, BARB)
Country Ireland
United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Setanta Sports 1 & 2, Setanta Ireland
(at time of closure)
Sky Digital Channel 418 (UK)
Channel 430 (Ireland)
Virgin Media Channel 518
UPC Ireland Channel 412

Setanta Sports News was a television channel from Virgin Media Television and Setanta Sports. The channel launched on 29 November 2007.[2] The channel was a rolling 24-hour sports news channel using the strength of the Setanta Sports brand across the United Kingdom and Ireland . It was available to all Virgin Media customers and also free-to-view on satellite and online. The channel was seen as Virgin Media's rival to Sky Sports News which was removed from their platform on 1 March 2007 as their contract with British Sky Broadcasting had ended. However, when Virgin Media reinstated Sky Sports News onto their television platform, their Setanta rival remained an active channel.

It was announced on 12 September 2007 that ITN was appointed producer of Setanta Sports News.[3].

The channel was transmitted by Red Bee Media, who also play in the commercial breaks.

The channel closed at just before 6pm on Tuesday 23 June 2009, following financial difficulties.[4]



Setanta Sports News was launched on 29 November 2007 on the Virgin Media and Sky Digital platforms. The Virgin Media Television network had previously expressed their interest in running a sports news channel, after BSkyB removed Sky Sports News from ntl:Telewest's successor Virgin Media. Some media sources have claimed that Setanta News is intended to be in direct competition with BSkyB's Sky Sports News[5], which has an average of around 0.6%. It was announced in the summer of 2007 that Virgin Media Television was to launch the new channel.[6]

On 1 September 2008, the channel was given a new look. The format was changed from 4:3 to Widescreen. Viewers could now see headlines along the length of the bottom of the screen, rather than across the top of the video section. There were other several minor changes, but not of particular importance.

Over the course of the remainder of the year, channel producers experimented with different format designs, including removing the side bar over midweek.


On 23 June 2009, it was announced Setanta Sports has been placed into administration after rescue talks designed to secure new funding collapsed. Setanta Sports News closed on the same day, at 18:00, with 60 staff made redundant.[7]

International coverage

From 1 January 2008, Setanta Sports News was rebroadcast live in one hour blocks on their domestic international stations in the Republic of Ireland (at 18:00 on Setanta Ireland), Australia and in the USA. In Australia, Setanta Sports News was shown daily live at 7am and 6pm EST (changing to 9am & 6pm EDT) and in the USA was shown live at 1am, 5pm and 10pm ET.

On air team

Person Position at Setanta Current position(s)
Matt Teale Presenter Newscaster, ITV London and ITV News
Lisa Knights Presenter Overnight Presenter for Sky News
Andy Kerr Presenter
Kelly Cates Presenter Presenter for ESPN's Football Coverage
Rachel Brookes Presenter Reporter for Sky Sports News
Murray Dron Presenter News Correspondent, ITV London and ITV News
Charlotte Jackson Presenter Presenter for Sky Sports News
Rhodri Williams Presenter
Ali Douglas Presenter Presenter (Sky Sports - Scottish Football)
Ashley House Presenter Sports Presenter, Al Jazeera English
Mark McQuillan Freelance Presenter
Amelia Harris Freelance Presenter Sports Presenter, BBC News channel
Alex Hyndman Freelance Presenter Newscaster/News Correspondent, ITV London and ITV News
Jackie Kabler Freelance Presenter Newscaster/News Correspondent, ITV London and ITV News
Sangeeta Kandola Freelance Presenter Newscaster/News Correspondent, ITV London and ITV News
Sue Thearle Freelance Presenter Newscaster/Sports Presenter, BBC News channel
Faye Barker Freelance Presenter Countinues with ITV News at 5:30 and ITV London GMTV Bulletins.
Steve Clamp Freelance Presenter Newscaster/Sports Presenter, ITV Central
Steve Gaisford Freelance Presenter
Chris Ford Reporter News Correspondent, ITV Tyne Tees & Border
David Chisnall Reporter ITV Central
Andrew Toft Reporter
Jamie Weir Reporter
Katie Bailey Reporter
Natalie Pirks Reporter Sports Reporter, ITV News
Zoe Gough Reporter
David Warriner Reporter
Steven Godden Reporter

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