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Sky News reviews coverage and strengthens operations

LONDON - In the wake of admitting it faked a news report from a Royal Navy submarine, Sky News says it plans to review its coverage over the summer and aims to beef up its autumn output with livelier, stronger programming.

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At the same time, Sky says it will strengthen its operation with new hirings and resources that will see it add an "eye in the sky" helicopter, new staff and a new bureau.

Sky News will add a total of 17 new staff to its operation, including six reporters, and a new bureau in India.

The addition of the helicopter, dubbed the SkyCopter, will, Sky says, allow the Sky News team to cover major stories in a new way. In particular, it cites stories that call for the ability to show viewers the bigger picture, such as motorway, sea and rail disasters, phenomena such as crop circles, and extreme weather conditions, in new ways.

The new bureau in India will open this autumn, underlining its commitment to international coverage. The bureau, staffed by a field producer, cameraman and a yet to be appointed India correspondent, will cover breaking news across the Indian subcontinent -- from Pakistan to India and Bangladesh.

In addition, Sky said a newly formed team of five Sky producers will "bring creativity and excellence to Sky News's packaging of news stories throughout the day".

The output changes will be rolled out from September and will provide for greater use of Sky News' revamped state-of-the-art Westminster studio and gallery, from which set-piece events, news coverage and shows -- 'Littlejohn' and 'Sunday with Adam Boulton' -- will be broadcast.

Nick Pollard, head of Sky News, said: "In an increasingly competitive news environment, Sky News is determined to stay ahead of the competition. More staff, a new bureau and the SkyCopter will help us to remain not only first but also fastest. We've never been a channel to rest on our laurels -- Sky News is constantly looking at ways to enhance its output and the team here is dedicated to achieving that."

Last week, the BBC revealed that a Sky News film of what appeared to be a Tomahawk cruise missile being prepared for fire was a fake.

The news report, filmed during the Iraq war and which was released into a news pool, had already been shown on ITV News as well as Sky News.

It was exposed as fake after a BBC Two film crew, which had filmed a missile being fired from the submarine while at sea, saw the footage.

The bogus report was exposed on BBC Two as part of its 'Fighting the War' series that has been running on Sunday evenings. It appeared alongside the footage shot by the BBC crew, which spent 10 days on the submarine HMS Splendid for real.

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