Sky News opens new City studio in the Gherkin

Sky News has further signalled its commitment to strengthen its business coverage by opening a new studio in the heart of the City of London at 30 St Mary Axe – the building which is better known by its nick-name: the Gherkin.

The studio will be home to Jeff Randall Live, which is aired at 7.30pm Monday to Thursday. It will also be used for business specials, including Budget day.

Executive editor of Sky News Chris Birkett said: “The recession has undoubtedly been the most dominant recurring story of the last 18 months and will continue to be, as its effects reverberate in businesses and homes across the country.

“The City of London is at the heart of the UK economy, it’s where the banking crisis happened and it’s where the key players – from monetary policy makers to top executives and analysts – are based.

“The new studio will provide Sky News viewers with a visually stunning backdrop for business news, and with the launch of the HD channel in the spring, it will bring them even closer to the business stories that matter to them”.

In September, Sky poached Mark Kleinman from the Daily Telegraph to be its new City editor and appointed former BBC financial correspondent Dharshini David as its new business correspondent.

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