Sky News has joined the BBC in its decision not broadcast the proposed charity appeal for Gaza tonight.

The satellite broadcaster has informed the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) that “after careful consideration” it believed broadcasting an appeal for Gaza could compromise its “objective reporting”.

“The conflict in Gaza forms part of one of the most challenging and contentious stories for any news organisation to cover,” said head of Sky News John Ryley.

“Our commitment as journalists is to cover all sides of that story with uncompromising objectivity. We have provided, and we will continue to provide, extensive coverage from Gaza and from the wider region on the conflict and its human consequences for people on both sides. Our team is on the ground in the region and will continue to cover the story in the coming days and weeks.”

Ryley added that the “absolute impartiality” of Sky News' output was “fundamental” to its journalism.

“That is why, after very careful consideration, we have concluded that broadcasting an appeal for Gaza at this time is incompatible with our role in providing balanced and objective reporting of this continuing situation to our audiences in the UK and around the world,” he added.