|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
|Owner||Virgin Media Television & |
|Sister channels||Setanta Sports 1 & 2, Setanta Ireland|
|Launched||29 November 2007|
|Closed||23 June 2009|
(at time of closure)
|Virgin Media||Channel 518|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 412|
|Sky Digital||Channel 418 (UK) |
Channel 430 (Ireland)
Setanta Sports News was a television channel from Virgin Media Television and Setanta Sports. The channel launched on 29 November 2007. as 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.
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.
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, 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.
On 1 September 2008, the channel was given a new look. The format was changed from 4:3 to Widescreen. Viewers could 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, none 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 had 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.
From 1 January 2008, Setanta Sports News was broadcast live in one hour blocks on their domestic international stations in the Republic of Ireland (at 18:00 on Setanta Ireland), Australia, and the USA. In Australia, Setanta Sports News was shown live daily 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||Freelance broadcast journalist ITV Central|
|Lisa Knights||Presenter||Freelance broadcast journalist with Sky News|
|Andy Kerr||Presenter||Presenter beIN Sports USA and Asia|
|Kelly Cates||Presenter||Presenter for ESPN's Football Coverage|
|Rachel Brookes||Presenter||Reporter for Sky Sports News|
|Murray Dron||Presenter||Freelance broadcast journalist|
|Charlotte Jackson||Presenter||Presenter for Sky Sports News|
|Rhodri Williams||Presenter||Presenter for Al Jazeera Sport FA Cup Europa League Matches|
|Ali Douglas||Presenter||Freelance broadcast journalist ITV News London|
|Ashley House||Presenter||Sports Presenter, Al Jazeera English|
|Mark McQuillan||Freelance Presenter||Presenter, ITV News Channel TV|
|Amelia Harris||Freelance Presenter||Sports Presenter, BBC News channel|
|Alexandra Hill||Freelance Presenter||Freelance broadcast journalist|
|Jackie Kabler||Freelance Presenter|
|Sangeeta Kandola||Freelance Presenter||Presenter, 5 News|
|Sue Thearle||Freelance||News Presenter, BBC News channel/BBC World News|
|Faye Barker||Freelance Presenter||Newscaster with ITN's ITV London and ITV News|
|Steve Clamp||Freelance Presenter||Newscaster/Sports Correspondent, ITV Central|
|Steve Gaisford||Freelance Presenter||Runs online company|
|Chris Ford||Reporter||Football news reporter, Premier League Productions / Freelance broadcast journalist|
|David Chisnall||Reporter||Reporter, ITV Central Now at ITV Granada|
|Jamie Weir||Reporter||Reporter, Sky Sports News|
|Natalie Pirks||Reporter||Sports Reporter with ITV News|
|Zoe Gough||Reporter||Reporter for BBC Points West|
- Setanta Sports News to shut down tonight Digital Spy, 23 June 2009
- Setanta Sports News launch date announced Digital Spy, 5 November 2007
- "Sports News is about to get an exciting new look". BroadcastNow. 12 September 2007. Archived from the original on 1 July 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
- "Setanta UK goes into administration". Irish Times. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- Gibson, Owen (29 November 2007). "Setanta sports news trains its sights on Sky". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
- Tryhorn, Chris (24 July 2007). "Setanta plans sports news channel". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
- Setanta goes into administration The Guardian, 23 June 2009