NBC and Sky created the ‘largest news operation in the world’ — so what’s next?

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

After battling Disney to purchase Europe’s Sky and Sky News from 21st Century Fox, what plans does Comcast and NBC have for the news giant it has created?

  • “The combination of Sky News and NBC News makes us the largest news operation in the world,” said NBC News president Noah Oppenheim in a panel at SXSW 2019.
  • He stopped short of calling it an “integration,” however.
  • “There are conversations about cooperation, including bureaus and editorial — for example working together on Brexit in the UK, and the Trump administration in the U.S.,” he said.
  • Despite Disney acquiring many of 21st Century Fox’s assets, Comcast ultimately won the bidding for Sky and Sky News.
  • The move bolsters Comcast’s presence in Europe, where another major venture, EuroNews, has launched new programming and expanded its newsgathering efforts.