Coronavirus 'not to blame' as Fox Sports sheds staff

Fox Sports has announced it is shedding as many as 20 staff from its newsroom at the end of March.

But the reasons are not connected with the COVID-19 virus. Head of Fox Sports Peter Campbell says challenging conditions in the advertising market and a decline in audience numbers for Fox Sports News during peak viewing periods are to blame.

Campbell and Sky News chief executive Paul Whittaker told staff of the changes last week, saying there will be reduced programming hours during weekdays and a focus on higher-rating morning sports bulletins and evening programming.

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