One of Sky Sports News' most recognisable reporters has been let go, the company announced this week.
According to the Daily Mail, cut-backs due to the increasing cost of broadcasting live Premier League games is the reason that chief football reporter Nick Collins will now no longer be informing us of what FA chairman Greg Dyke has said on the latest scandal in English football through is iconic mustache.
Sky Sports’ brutal cost-cutting following their £11m-a-match spend on Premier League rights has claimed four more casualties, including chief football reporter Nick Collins.
The quartet is made up of Collins and the respected trio of rugby reporter Phil Edwards, Midlands reporter Pete Colley and Tim Abraham, who was recalled from the England cricket tour of India last Friday in the middle of the Test series.
They are all faced with an official Sky redundancy process.
Let us go no further without paying tribute to the highlight of Collin's Sky Sports career, the moment he tripped over a ladder while talking about Michael Carrick being pushed out of the England lineup by Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere.
Nick Collins was a good reporter. For a TV station that uses some of the most irritating and grating people imaginable to relay information on sporting legal issues or transfer news, Collins was inoffensive and didn't try to force comedy into every situation. People liked him for that.
People really liked him for that, as there are many upset people on social media who have criticised the decision to let him go.
Nick Collins and @skysportsmrtim are two of my favourite TV journalists. Consummate pros, top men. Contributions will be sorely missed
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) November 30, 2016
Disgraceful Sky are getting rid of Nick Collins and Tim Abraham, two of the good guys. Better off sacking all the shit pundits they employ.
— Kieran McManus (@kieranmcmanus) November 30, 2016
Sky sports making Nick Collins redundant. Should get rid of that gimp Andy Burton first or not pay Henry £4m a year for garbage opinions.
— H (@HussIsmail8) November 30, 2016
Nick Collins, Tim Abraham, Pete Colley and Phil Edwards brought credibility and identity to Sky's sport coverage. It's all wrong.
— DavidLaw (@DavidLawTennis) November 30, 2016
So Sky Sports are getting rid of Tim Abraham, Nick Collins and Pete Colley but still recruit incoherent ex pros like Thierry Henry?
— Darb (@AndyDarbs) November 30, 2016
Sky getting rid of Nick Collins??who's gonna hang around the England team hotel and tell us who had what for breakfast??..every fucking hour
— Daragh Mulligan (@dazmanOnline) November 30, 2016
How can sky sports news get rid off Nick Collins, Tim Abraham, Pete Colley and Phil Edwards yet let Alan Smith,Garry Birttles do commentary
— Jonathan Glew (@JonathanGlew) November 30, 2016
Nick Collins released by Sky for Cost Cutting measures, when they continue to put Redknapp on our screen every week.
— Dan Hollingworth (@danholling) November 30, 2016
Looks like the Sky football bubble is bursting. Axing folk, including reporter Nick Collins as they face paying £11mill to host each game!
— Stewart Fisher (@stewartfisher) November 30, 2016
— Jack (@vonbeeblehoffen) November 30, 2016
He was well liked, so we'd have to imagine another network will be looking to snap him up soon. At least we hope so, only time will tell if we see him pop up on a different channel.