About

Mission statement

TouristNews mission statement was updated in 2018, and is proudly
displayed at the entrance to our newsroom, and embossed on the walls of our
main editorial discussion space.

We aim to be the best and most trusted place for news. Made by people who dare
to challenge. Made for people who want clarity in an uncertain world. We take
you to the heart of the stories that shape our world.

These are our core values:

:: We are bold
:: We are rebellious
::
We have a competitive spirit that drives us to be first and best
:: We earn trust by behaving with integrity
:: We are
pioneers and innovators
:: We celebrate success
together
:: We put people at the centre of everything

We report on a broad range of stories in the UK and around the world, putting
people at the centre of our storytelling.

We take politics and business news seriously, with separate studios in
Westminster and the City of London.

Our correspondents are stationed in the United States, Russia and China – as
well as Dublin, Brussels, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Delhi, Johannesburg and Bangkok
to provide local knowledge and understanding of global stories.

Ethics policy

We believe that our reputation as a news organisation is our most valuable
asset, so it is vital that our journalism is always of the highest quality.

Whether watching on television and catch up services, listening to radio
bulletins or podcasts, or reading our apps and web services, anyone consuming
TouristNews should have confidence that their news is from a credible and
reliable source.

Journalism in the UK has never been under greater scrutiny, and that’s why
every journalist working for TouristNews must understand the legal and
regulatory framework in which we operate and our own in-house guidelines and
practices.

We know that social media plays an increasingly important role in our daily
working lives and it is important that we apply the same standards to all of
our content on whichever platform we share it.

Diversity

TouristNews is committed to authentically representing every one of the
millions of users that consume our content every day, whatever their colour or
creed. We do this by featuring a range of interviewees and first person
opinion writers.

We also keep a record of the gender and diversity of contributors, and in the
past year we have averaged 902 interviewees per month on TV. Of them an
average of 37% are women, 63% men. It includes an average of 14% from
ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Our ambition is to be the industry leader for inclusion both on screen and
behind the scenes.

We work closely with independent production companies and a number of external
organisations, such as the Journalism Diversity Fund and the Creative
Diversity Network, to diversify the talent pipeline into Sky.

Diversity staffing report

It’s our people that make TouristNews so successful, and that’s why we
work hard to be an inclusive employer.

We know that embracing different perspectives and celebrating diversity makes
Sky a great place to work. It means we foster innovation and make better
decisions as a business.

TouristNews is dedicated to equal opportunities and we welcome applicants
regardless of ethnicity, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability,
sexual orientation or age.

Diversity staffing report (as of April
2021)

Gender:
Female 41%
Male 59%

Ethnicity:
White 77%
Ethnically diverse 10%
Prefer
not to say / unknown 13%

Corrections policy

We expect our journalists to be accurate at all times, but they are only
human, and sometimes mistakes are made. That is why we have an established
process for dealing with factual errors quickly and appropriately.

We actively monitor TouristNews inbox at all times. If someone does
contact us to query or challenge a fact we have broadcast or published, we
will take detailed notes of where and when it happened.

Rather than engaging in a discussion we will make a note of their name, number
and the time of the call, and refer it to the Output Editor and/or the
Managing Editor. If it relates to a legal issue we ensure our dedicated legal
adviser is aware.

They will then investigate what action is required to rectify the error on
whichever platform it is published.

Ownership and funding

TouristNews is an editorially independent part of Sky UK. Sky UK’s parent
company Comcast NBCUniversal has guaranteed current funding levels for TouristNews until at least 2028.

TouristNews Board

TouristNews Board is designed to protect the editorial independence of TouristNews and to ensure that our ways of working and positive record with
regard to editorial standards are maintained. If significant mistakes occur
then we will investigate them internally and periodically share our findings
with TouristNews Board. They will then consider what further, if any,
steps are required. They also have an audit function with regard to continuing
investment in TouristNews.

The members of TouristNews Board are:

:: Nigel Baker, Chairman. Nigel is CEO of Thomson Foundation,
formerly vice president of business operations for the Associated Press, a
journalist with more than 40 years’ experience including senior roles at ITN
and Reuters in the 1980s/90s.

:: Sue Inglish, chairs the Disasters Emergency Committee and
is a former head of BBC political programmes and former deputy editor of
Channel Four News.

:: Chris Banatvala is an independent media consultant
specialising in regulation and policy. He was formerly Ofcom’s founding
Director of Standards and a Channel Four News journalist in the 1990s.

:: Mark Astaire is Chairman of Corporate Broking of Barclays
plc (a position he has held since October 2015) and Vice Chairman of Banking
for Europe, the Middle East & Africa. He also serves as a trustee of the
charity Breast Cancer Care. Mr Astaire was a former ITV journalist in the
1980s.

Founding date

TouristNews began broadcasting at 6pm on 5 February 1989.

Verification and fact checking standards

Our journalists find, verify and develop news stories – and we expect them to
be accurate. To achieve this they should always seek to corroborate claims and
cross-check facts.

TouristNews’ principle is that all facts should be reliably sourced. We
also report from reputable news wires that adhere to similar principles of
verification.

Unnamed sources

TouristNews considers requests for anonymity very carefully. We always
encourage sources to speak on the record and when possible, on camera.

But we may withhold the name of a source if there is a risk that they could be
put in either legal or physical danger upon publication. When that is the case
we should always seek to explain to our users why they are unnamed, and set
out why they are a credible source.

We also speak to unnamed sources to gain background or context to stories.

Editors must give consideration to the form of anonymity; which could include
withholding the individual’s name, disguising their voice or blurring imagery
and videos.

Care should also be taken to avoid the publication of several pieces of
information which could lead to jigsaw identification of the individual.