Sky News has reportedly initiated plans to streamline its sports reporting team to foster greater collaboration with Sky Sports.

According to The Guardian, the satellite broadcaster declined to provide any details about the restructure, but did say that all employees affected would be offered new positions.

The streamlining strategy follows a move earlier in the month to drop Sky News' own sports bulletins in favour of taking content directly from Sky Sports news.

After judging the approach to be a success, Sky has now decided to cultivate "greater editorial co-operation" between its sports news teams.

"To deliver an even better service for viewers, who recognise Sky Sports as a leader in sports broadcasting, Sky News has introduced greater editorial co-operation with Sky Sports news, including on-screen presence," said a Sky spokesman.

"As part of this change four new roles have been created, which will be offered to those whose current positions will become redundant. No changes to overall levels of headcount are expected across the sports team."

It is thought that up to four positions could be at risk of being made redundant following the changes, including the current role of Sky News sports editor Lee Wellings.

Cricket specialist Charlie Thomas could also be affected, along with rugby reporter Nick Powell and Chris Skudder, who has covered the last four World Cups for Sky News.