Sky News to launch Brexit-free channel

Brexit has dominated news coverage for three years.
Brexit has dominated news coverage for three years. Photo credit: Getty

If you're sick of hearing phrases like "European Single Market", "trigger Article 50" and "the Prime Minister was unable to negotiate a deal", you're in luck. 

Sky News will launch a new channel completely devoid of any mention of Brexit.

The pop-up 'Sky News Brexit-Free' will cover any and all relevant news - except anything pertaining to the UK's departure from the European Union.

Brexit has utterly dominated headlines in the UK in the three years since the shock referendum result. 

A recent study found a third of British people have stopped reading or consuming news entirely, with more than 70 percent of that group citing Brexit oversaturation as the main reason.

Sixty percent of participants said they believe constantly hearing Brexit developments was negatively impacting their mood, while 40 percent said they felt powerless about the process.

In response, Sky News has created a place where people feeling the same way can safely watch news coverage without fear they'll hear the wretched B-word. 

"Sky News Brexit-Free is a bold approach, but listening to public opinion over the past weeks and months, it's something we know our viewers will find valuable," John Ryley, head of Sky News, said in a statement.

"Brexit is an historic story that has a major impact and we will continue to give it comprehensive coverage. The new channel simply gives people the option to take a break from Brexit, apply a filter to their headlines and hear about issues away from Westminster and Brussels with a focus on hard-hitting, original journalism."

Sky News Brexit-Free will launch in the UK on Wednesday (local time). It can be watched on Sky channel 523 from 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday, and will also be streamed on YouTube - great news for anyone who never wants to hear the words "Irish backstop" again.


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