Sky Sports football reporters have been told to reapply for their jobs as the broadcaster continues to make cuts after axing Soccer AM, with some of Soccer Saturday’s longest-serving reporters at risk in shake-up
Plans to axe cult Saturday morning show Soccer AM will not be the end of cuts at Sky Sports, with football reporters told this week to reapply for their jobs.
Those at risk include some of the longest-serving and most popular reporters who provide live updates for Soccer Saturday.
It is only two years since the last round of job cuts in the Sky football department, which followed the Covid pandemic.
Soccer AM has been a huge hit for Sky since it was launched in 1995, with its light-hearted take on the game, but it will be shelved at the end of the season.
John Fendley and Jimmy Bullard are the current co-hosts and the final edition is expected to be broadcast on May 27.
Some football reporters from Soccer Saturday (pictured) have been asked to reapply for jobs
It comes as part of a Sky shake-up, with Soccer AM to be taken off air at the end of the season
Sky said they were going into a period of consultation to discuss proposed changes.
Saturday Social, which previously aired before Soccer AM, is reportedly going to fill the vacant slot from next season with an aim of targeting younger viewers.
Rocket – a former host of the show whose real name is James Long – told Sportsmail following the news: ‘It’s the end of an era! The show was the first of its kind when it first aired in the mid 90’s. It became cult viewing and a Saturday morning ritual for many households across the UK.
‘Bacon roll, cuppa tea, Soccer AM! I think what made Soccer AM special was that we would cover all football leagues, from grassroots to the Premier League and we didn’t take ourselves too seriously, we loved getting our viewers involved in show from Strangers on the Sofa, Fans of the Week and the Soccerette. It was a show for the people made by the by the people.
‘It’s a real shame that it’s come to an end but what a journey it’s been and I’m proud to have been a part of it.’