Sky Make Numerous Backroom Changes
When it comes to our home entertainment, we all love Sky. With incredible programmes, the best selection of films anywhere and wonderful sport all year ’round, there’s nothing quite like it. However, we don’t often pay much thought to how those amazing experiences find their way to our television screens.
Every day, thousands of people work together to bring your the biggest breaking news stories, the funniest comedies and much more. Their work hardly goes noticed, and they’re unlikely to be mentioned when we contact Sky, but they make the entire operation run smoothly.
The past month have seen some dramatic shake ups in that regard, with Sky’s news team and entertainment division seeing a change which should help cement Sky’s position as a leader in both areas.
The first of those three changes comes to Sky News, with Adam Parsons joining as Business Correspondent. If his name sound familiar, it’s because he’s joining from the BBC’s Business unit, where he’s been the presenter of Radio 5 Live’s Wake up to Money programme and breaking stories on Newsnight.
Amongst his most recent accomplishments was getting Justin King, former head of Sainsbury’s to admit that prices in UK supermarkets could rise by as much as 5% in the wake of Brexit. He also secured the first sit down with Dominic Chappell, the disgraced former owner of BHS. The move to Sky News caps off an impressive rise to the top, starting at the Watford Observer before moving to the SUnday Times, Sunday Business and finally the BBC.
Sarah Whitehead, Home News and Deputy Head of Newsgathering, commented: “I am delighted that Adam is joining Sky as its Business Correspondent. This appointment underlines our commitment to reporting the business story as well as Sky News’ investment in specialist journalism during this extraordinary time for business and financial stories.”
Adam Parsons said: “I am hugely excited to be joining Sky News at a time when business and economics are at the forefront of the global news agenda. My abiding interest is in showing how these stories matter to all of our lives, and I firmly believe they’ve never been more important. I have hugely enjoyed my time reporting on all of these things for the BBC, but the opportunity offered to me by Sky News was just too good to turn down. It’s a huge, fascinating and thrilling challenge, and I can’t wait to get going.”
Also joining Sky News from the BBC is Lewis Goodall, who moves to the political unit as Political Correspondent. Most recently of Newsnight, Lewis has spent the last three years reporting on and producing some of the major political stories of the day.
Alongside his coverage of news events, Lewis has shown his versatility by presenting historical documentaries for the BBC on the Easter Rising, the legacy of the 1945 election and Joseph Chamberlain. This, of course, on top of delivering interviews from some of the most influential politicians of our age.
Esme Wren, Head of Politics for Sky News, said: “The coming year is set to be the most politically challenging as Britain begins its exit from the EU. Never before has there been a greater need for sharp specialist analysis and creative production. Lewis Goodall comes with an energy and determination to get to the heart of the story, adding even greater dynamism to our already highly successful Westminster team.”
Lewis added: “After three great years at Newsnight I am thrilled to be joining Sky as Political Correspondent. There simply couldn’t be a better time to be a political journalist and nowhere better to be than with the absolutely unrivalled team at Sky News. If 2017 has even half the surprises in store as 2016, we’re going to be kept very, very busy indeed and I can’t wait to get started.”
The final changes come in the entertainment team, with Gary Davey announcing a spate of changes. Headlining those changes is Zai Bennett, who takes on the new role of Director of Programmes, Sky Entertainment UK and Ireland.
In this newly created role, Zia will take overall leadership of the UK Entertainment team which includes Director of Sky1 and Sky Living Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky Arts and Non-Scripted Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Comedy Jon Mountague and Head of Kids Content Lucy Murphy.
“Zai has been a key member of the content team since 2014 and in that time has done an outstanding job of managing and curating the brilliant Sky Atlantic brand. I am delighted with the progress we have made on our content journey in the UK and we are ready to take our programming to a whole new level. The changes announced today will enable us to have a clearer focus for the content plan in the UK and Ireland while other members of my team continue to have responsibilities to both the UK and the rest of Europe.” commented Davey.
Zai will continue his responsibility for Sky Atlantic, but will now be supported by Jamie Morris who takes on the position of Channel Editor on top of his job as scheduler for Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic.
In a statement, Zai said: “It’s a hugely exciting time for Sky’s Entertainment Channels, with more amazing new original and acquired shows than ever before. I’m really looking forward to working incredibly closely with Gary, Adam, Phil, Jon, Anne, Sarah, Jamie and Lucy on how we continue to raise the bar and offer our customers the very best TV.”