BSkyB has announced that Sky Sports News will be removed from the free to view digital TV service Freeview to become a pay TV only channel.
These changes will mean that the current slot on Freeview held by Sky Sports News will become Sky3 +1, the timeshifted version of the Sky3 channel.
After these changes have taken place, Sky Sports News will only be available on Sky TV, Virgin Media TV and TalkTalk TV, as well as being available via mobile platforms and online at skysports.com.
The main reason for these changes, according to BSkyB, is that the broadcaster feels that Sky Sports News will benefit from increased subscription revenues.
There is also the fact that it will be bringing out an HD version of the channel later on in the year.