Sky pulls the plug on Sun­day Sup­ple­ment af­ter 21 years

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The foot­ball dis­cus­sion show on Sky Sports, fea­tur­ing news­pa­per jour­nal­ists, is to be can­celled next sea­son af­ter two decades on air.

The show was pre­sented by broad­caster Jac­qui Oat­ley be­fore the March sus­pen­sion of the league and has sur­vived many changes to the Sky sched­ule, while de­vel­op­ing a niche fol­low­ing as the orig­i­nal foot­ball dis­cus­sion pro­gramme for jour­nal­ists. It is un­der­stood that the show has been squeezed out by sched­ul­ing de­mands, with more games be­ing packed into a shorter time next sea­son, as well as Sky’s cap­ture of all ex­clu­sive live rights to the Scot­tish top flight, the SPFL.

The broad­caster has not ruled out the show re­turn­ing at some point. A Sky spokesman said: “The huge vol­ume of live foot­ball since the restart and a con­densed sea­son that has al­ready be­gun means we must look at how best to de­ploy our re­sources for the ben­e­fit of our cus­tomers.”

The sim­ple ap­peal of the show was con­ceived by Vic Wake­l­ing, the for­mer Sky Sports man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, him­self a for­mer news­pa­per re­porter, and be­gan in 1999 on a Fri­day even­ing as

On a Sun­day it was first pre­sented by veteran broad­caster Jimmy Hill, with three sports jour­nal­ists from Bri­tish news­pa­pers, the guests chang­ing every week.

The jour­nal­ist Brian Wool­nough, of and then the was pre­sen­ter from 2007 un­til his death in 2012. He was suc­ceeded by Neil Ash­ton, most re­cently of

who stepped down ear­lier this year when he launched a sports me­dia strat­egy con­sul­tancy.

Oat­ley was the first fe­male pre­sen­ter of the show, which re­flected the chang­ing face of the Bri­tish sports me­dia by in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of on­line pub­li­ca­tions.

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