Sky's 'inspector gadget' to leave company

LONDON - The BSkyB executive credited as the driving force behind the launch of its high-definition, 3D and Sky+ digital video recorder technologies, Brian Sullivan, is to leave the company.

Often dubbed the company's "gadget czar" or "inspector gadget" within the TV industry, Sullivan joined BSkyB in 1996 and has been pivotal in leading it to become one of the first pay-TV operators worldwide to launch HD and DVR services.

Sullivan, managing director of its customer group, is to leave the company to take a new role at Sky Deutschland, the German pay-TV company. Sky Deutschland counts News Corp, BSkyB's single-biggest shareholder, as its parent.

He will become deputy chief executive of Sky Deutschland on 1 January, before taking over as chief executive on 1 April.

Prior to joining BSkyB, Sullivan spent the majority of his career in the pay-TV industry in the US, primarily with Viacom's Showtime Networks division.

Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB chief executive, said Sullivan has played "a major role as we've grown from an analogue TV service to an entertainment and communications company".

Sullivan's successor will be announced in due course.  

 

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Channel 5 asks Omnicom clients to seek 'independent advice'

Channel 5 asks Omnicom clients to seek 'independent advice'

Channel 5's latest salvo in its battle with Omnicom Media Group is in the form of a letter sent to the largest clients of Manning Gottlieb OMD, OMD and PHD, urging them to seek "independent advice" from media auditors about whether their TV advertising represents value for money.

Share
Bloomberg launches business hub to expand beyond the city

Bloomberg launches business hub to expand beyond the city

Bloomberg has expanded its media footprint with the launch of a new flagship media site, Bloomberg Business, designed to broaden the financial giant's remit in the business world.

Share
Unilever reviews £3bn global media

Unilever reviews £3bn global media

Unilever, the owner of Dove and Flora, is reviewing its £3 billion global media account.

Share

Get news by email