Cairns to step aside from Sky Sports News

30 Apr 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Andy Cairns is to step down as Executive Editor of Sky Sports News in the summer, bringing to an end three decades of service at Sky.

Cairns’ career at the pay-television broadcaster began at Sky News in 1989 and he was a central part of the team that launched Sky Sports News in 1998.

Cairns has helped build Sky Sports News over the past two decades and the channel has become known for its transfer deadline-day broadcasts. Sky Sports News also made television history with its ’92 live’ initiative, which saw live broadcasts from every club in the country in one day.

Cairns has also overseen a range of technological advances, as well as a move to a new studio in 2014.

Before joining Sky, Cairns worked for BBC News. He has been a member of the National Council for the Training of Journalists accreditation board since 2010, and became a director and trustee of the organisation in 2016, as well as chair of the accreditation board.

“The way sport is covered by the media has changed beyond all recognition in the 20 years since Sky Sports News began and I feel a great privilege to have been part of that change,” Cairns said. “Now it’s time for the next generation to grab the baton and change to make it even better for of our viewers.”

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