Q&A with Hayley McQueen ahead of the launch of Sky Sports News HQ

Last Updated: 04/08/14 9:31am

Ahead of the launch of Sky Sports News HQ on August 12 we ask some of our presenters and reporters to share their memories. Today it's Hayley McQueen.

What was the first story you covered on SSN?

I can't actually remember, but in my first stint at Sky in 2006 I was on air in my first week with Jim White, who I've known since I was  a kid as my Dad worked with him on STV many years back, so that was fairly surreal. It's perfectly normal now though. Jim and I were on air in my first week when he interviewed Rod Stewart on the phone on a Scottish football story. I joined in at the end of it as it came back to a two-shot and had a bit of a laugh but I remember being so nervous. Having had a bit of banter with Rod and Jim I began to relax on air from then on in.

What's the biggest story you've broken on the yellow ticker?

I have broken many big stories over the years but the most emotional and shocking one was the Sunday morning we learnt Gary Speed had died. It was the hardest news I'd ever broken, we were all in total shock and the news room was a very, very sad place that day.

What are you most looking forward to within the new HQ studio?

The excitement of not knowing if everything will work properly and thinking on your feet quite literally if it doesn't. It will be a huge challenge but an exciting one where we can make the news quicker, more in depth and varied.

Do you have a Twitter account and how many followers do you have?

I'm on @hayleymcqueen and I have 273,000 followers, somehow?!

I love Sky Sports News because...

We are constantly making sure we are the best at everything we do. The unpredictable nature of breaking news is a real buzz and we all have great fun doing it.