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Sky News Business Channel

Sky News Business Channel
Launched 7 January 2008[1]
Owned by Australian News Channel Pty., Limited
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Country Australia
Language English
Sister channel(s) Sky News Live
Sky News Weather Channel
Foxtel Channel 602
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Sky News Business Channel is an Australian 24-hour cable and satellite business news channel, available nationally on the Foxtel subscription platform and via mobile through Foxtel Go.[2]

It is owned by Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, which also owns news-focused sister channel Sky News Live.


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Former Sky News Business logo

Australian News Channel announced it was to launch Australia's first national business channel in 2008, at the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. It was officially launched on January 31, 2008 at the Australian Securities Exchange.[3] Sky News Business would utilise and simulcast content from Fox Business Network in the United States.[4] In turn, Fox Business Network would air coverage from Sky News Business in order to provide Australian financial news coverage to American audiences.

The channel would also utilise the resources of the BSkyB Business News service in the UK, and Reuters Television.[5] At launch, it was claimed the channel will include 16 hours of locally produced content daily.[3]

James Daggar-Nickson is business editor and channel manager of Sky News Business.[6]


Sky News Business Channel is Australia's only business and finance focused news channel. Foreign business news channels CNBC and Bloomberg Television are also available on the Foxtel platform.

Sky News Business reaches close to 268,000 different people on average each week, with 72% of viewers being male, 28% of Sky News Business viewers are people 40-54 and 38% aged 55-69.[7]


The Sky News Business studio is located within the Sky News centre at Foxtel's headquarters in the Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park. Sky News Business also uses the resources of the Sky News network of bureaus and reporters across Australia and New Zealand.

It is common for Sky News Business reporters to report from Exchange Square, within the Headquarters of the Australian Securities Exchange for ASX updates, as well as Outside the Reserve Bank of Australia in Martin Place, Sydney when news is expected from the Reserve Bank.

Third party crosses

Sky News Business has live camera links to Australia's major financial institutions. The channel features regular breaking news, commentary and analysis from leading Australian economists, fund managers, brokers and analysts at ANZ, NAB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank.

Sky News Business also has live camera links to Commsec, Macquarie Bank, CMC Markets, OptionsXpress, Bell Direct, JP Morgan, OzForex, and other financial institutions in which it has commercial arrangements.


Sky News Business Channel consists of live rolling coverage of and analysis of the ASX and international markets, finance and economic news and personal investment trends throughout the day on weekdays, with replays of analysis or specialty programs after 9:30pm AEST weeknights and all weekend.

Current programming

  • First Business
  • Trading Day
  • Buy Hold Sell
  • Lunch Money
  • At The Close
  • Market Day
  • Market Moves
  • Business Agenda
  • The Perrett Report[8]
  • Switzer [9]
  • Your Money Your Call[10]
  • Business Night
  • RatesLIVE
  • Business View
  • Business Success
  • Business Class
  • Mediaweek
  • LawTV

Former programming

  • Market Express
  • On The Record with Carson Scott
  • Read and Profit
  • Rates Reaction
  • Social Business
  • The Week In Business
  • Sunday Business

Special programming

On April 25, 2015 the Sky News Business Channel aired an episode of American series 20/20 in simulcast with U.S. network ABC, featuring an interview with Bruce Jenner.[11]

Notable presenters

Current presenters

  • James Daggar-Nickson[6] — Business Editor
  • Helen Dalley[12]Business Night
  • Janine Perrett [13]The Perrett Report
  • Carson Scott[14] — Chief Business Correspondent
  • Peter Switzer [15]Switzer

Former presenters

See also

  • Sky News Live, sister channel of Sky News Business Channel and primary channel of Australian News Channel Pty Ltd.


  1. ^ "The launch of the Sky News Business Channel". MediaWeek. 28 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Foxtel Go - A New Way To Watch Foxtel on Mobile, PC And Tablet". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Knox, David. "Sky Business on the air". TV Tonight. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Foxtel adds Business Channel". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "AUSTRALIA’S FIRST 24-HOUR BUSINESS CHANNEL TO LAUNCH IN EARLY 2008". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Vision for Innovation Online: making your business relevant". Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. November 25, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sky News Business Channel". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Perrett Report". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Switzer". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Your Money Your Call". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Knox, David (April 24, 2015). "Bruce Jenner: The Interview live on SKY News Business". TV Tonight. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Saxton - Helen Dalley". Saxton. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Janine Perrett(New South Wales)". Australia Day. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Carson Scott". The United States Study Centre. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Peter Switzer". Enhance Entertainment. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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