My attempt at getting back on topic...
Well if they indeed spin off, whats been described as the "loss-making' SkyNews, that is probably going to be the most interesting development, IMO, out all this mess. If SkyNews cant make money, it will be interesting to see how they can continue operating with no profit coming in after years of being propped up by SkyTv. The channel has been run as virtually a vanity project since its creation without fear of serious repercussions financially. Does that mean they will continue to make, IMO, bone-headed creative decisions? Right now they know the money is there to do basically what they want, within reason (of course they have a budget) without any thought to the channel folding or closing because Sky's got deep pockets. If they are spun-off, they will have to consider any changes very carefully and the whole thinking of the channel (From management down) will need to change from being a virtually "corporate funded" channel to one that has to turn a profit to survive.
How do they monetize their product with-out having a sugar daddy bank-rolling their operation? Before the consolidations and take-overs and such, CNN successfully came up with a formula for a large global commercial news channel to operate successfully without being bankrolled like the BBC, Sky or AJE. (Affiliation deals, CNNewsource, etc. http://www.cnnnewsource.com/)
After losing money for years, Sky News, operational mentality will need a major overhaul to making a profit if its spun off. How could this affect their product? Thats the big question.
I said what I said!