Elisabeth Murdoch, the managing director of Sky Networks, is
leaving BSkyB to set up a UK-based media venture.
Murdoch, who was responsible for Sky’s programming business, leaves the
company at the end of June after four years. She joined in March 1996 as
Murdoch had been expected to take over at the helm of BSkyB eventually
but said she had been considering a move for some time. Exact details of
her new company were not available although it will specialise in
television, film and new-media content.
Murdoch has already been linked to other start-up ventures and in
January she joined the advisory panel of an internet incubator fund,
Oxygen Holdings, which floated in February.
BSkyB said its director of broadcasting, Mark Sharman, would take over
on short-term basis while a replacement for Murdoch is sought.
Commenting on her move Murdoch said: ’I have enjoyed my four years at
Sky enormously. It is a company that I have been proud to work for and
contribute to. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best
TV executives and it is with some lament that I leave such a winning
team. However, now is a great time to pursue something that I have been
thinking about for some time.’
Murdoch is the latest in a string of senior executives to leave the
Mark Booth, the former chief executive of BSkyB, left a year ago to set
up a new-media company called e-partners, backed by News
Booth had been expected to stay for at least another two years until
Murdoch stepped up.
Tony Ball, the chief executive of BSkyB, said: ’Murdoch has been pivotal
in the company’s creative development. Under her direction our channels
have thrived and led the way in the multi-channel world. We have
launched major new film and TV divisions, attracted leading talent both
in front of and behind the camera and invigorated our brand through our
latest marketing campaign.’
Before joining Sky, Murdoch held positions at the Nine Network Australia
and Fox Television in the US.