Sky News has announced it is to "break new ground" in television news with the launch of a new channel offering coverage in high definition.

The launch of Sky News HD is due for spring 2010 after the broadcaster upgrades its studios and production facilities.

Sky says it will be the first UK news channel to broadcast in HD and will be simulcast alongside Sky News' existing standard definition channel.

In addition, Sky says the HD graphics will be "capable of delivering a 3D look on-air".

"Sky News continues to break new ground in television news and it's only natural for it to become the first UK news channel to launch in HD", Jeremy Darroch, Sky's chief executive said.

"It's great news for our Sky+HD customers, giving them access to award-winning breaking news in HD for the very first time and further expanding the choice on offer".