Sky News to replace Sky News Extra with coronavirus-focused channel

Sky News will launch a coronavirus (COVID-19) focused channel on Monday with 24/7 coverage of the pandemic.

Airing on Foxtel channel 604, currently Sky News Extra, the live feed will also be available for free online across and News Corp mastheads.

Sky News Extra will become Sky News COVID-19 on Monday

Paul Whittaker, Sky News Australia chief executive, said the channel is a natural response to the demands of the news provider’s audiences.

“There has never been a more important time for news organisations to deliver Australians with accurate and timely information,” said Whittaker.

“As the country faces this unprecedented health epidemic, Australians require up-to-date information from a trusted source. Working alongside our Sky News channel, Sky News COVID-19 will provide Australians with access to in-depth, around-the-clock long-form press conferences and government announcements from Australia and around the world to stay informed.”

The channel will feature regular live press conferences from Australia and around the world, local and global health alerts, as well as in-depth interviews and analysis from Sky News’ leading news anchors.

Sky News also aired a special news report, Coronavirus: How to Survive The Crisis, on Sunday night, hosted by Peter Stefanovic, investigating how Australia will survive the current and evolving coronavirus crisis.

Sky News COVID-19 will broadcast from Monday 23 March at 6:00am AEDT.


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