Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates Sky News in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Sky News is a British news organization available on TV, radio and online. Studios are located in Westminster and London, with 13 bureaus around the world. Launched in 1989, Sky News is owned by Sky UK, a division of Comcast NBCUniversal. In addition to broadcasting to more than 12 million homes in the UK, more than 3.4 million subscribe to the Sky News YouTube channel. The website records approximately 58 million visits per month. Sky News has won several BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Sky News according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.32

Bias: -2.22

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Afghanistan: A statement Joe Biden made just four weeks ago is now spectacularly and alarmingly wrong4.3343.33
Donald Trump calls for 'no violence' ahead of planned 'armed protests' - as removal vans arrive at White House345
Storming the Capitol: How four hours of mayhem unfolded in Washington052.67
Wonder Woman 1984: Superhero sequel nets biggest US opening since COVID shut cinemas - but fraction of usual takings043.67
Lisa Montgomery: Judge delays execution of only woman on US death row-1.3346
COVID-19: Beyonce donates $500,000 to people facing eviction due to housing crisis-2.6745
COVID-19: Millions of Americans see benefits expire after Donald Trump spends Christmas golfing-544
Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Warner pictured - as police say he died in Christmas Day explosion145.67
Trump backs down and signs COVID relief bill after surprise threat to block it-0.6746.33
COVID-19: Hospital admissions near first peak as doctor warns full UK vaccine rollout could take a year046.67
COVID-19: Why 'Dr Copper' offers an encouraging prognosis for world economy0.6737.67
Russia's two-year sporting ban for doping was fudged in their favour041.33
COVID-19: Spain joins growing list of countries to ban travel from UK over mutated strain fears048.67
Zimbabwe: Kidnapped, tortured and humiliated - one student's fight for freedom042
COVID-19: Carbon emissions fell by a record amount in 2020 - but experts say pollution is beginning to rise again-348
Climate summit: UN chief tells all countries to declare a climate emergency or face 'catastrophic' results-4.6744.33
Storm Gail: New York man rescued after 10 hours trapped in his car under 4ft of snow049.67
US President-elect Joe Biden to get COVID vaccine as Moderna distribution begins-1.3347.67
Tina Fey: 'I saved a man's life - but he doesn't know it'042.33
US election 2020: Top Republican Mitch McConnell accepts Joe Biden is US president-elect in blow to Donald Trump-645
Mackenzie Scott: Ex-wife of Jeff Bezos gives over £3bn to charity in four months-445.67
US election 2020: How much trouble can Trump cause before Biden takes charge?-8.3336.33
US still dangerously divided despite Mitch McConnell admitting Joe Biden won election-642
US Election 2020: How Joe Biden achieved victory - in charts-2.1744
Pete Buttigieg among Joe Biden's new picks for key cabinet roles - find out who his choices are and why they matter-5.6745.33