BSkyB content chief to quit
| 01 June 2014
After eleven years' service in which she played a major role in the channel's creative and commercial development, Sophie Turner Laing is to step down as BSkyB's managing director of content.
Joining Sky in March 2003 from the BBC where she held a number of senior roles including Acting Director of Television, Turner Laing has responsibility for Sky's portfolio of entertainment, movie and news channels as well as its studios and production services. She also leads Sky's relationships with joint venture and partner channels and oversees the international distribution of channels and programmes. She led the expansion of the pay-TV giant's portfolio of entertainment channels, with the launch of Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts as part of an increased commitment to original British production. She also took the lead in brokering Sky's partnership with HBO.
"I have had the most fabulous career at Sky. As a passionate believer in creative change, it is now someone else's turn to drive the next phase of growth in content at Sky," Laing said on announcing her departure. "I have been hugely privileged and honoured to work with such brilliant colleagues across the company."
Added BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch: "I would like to thank Sophie for her outstanding leadership and for the tremendous job she's done developing our content business. With the support of an excellent team, Sophie has helped us to make a step change in the scale and ambition of our entertainment offering. Sophie will leave with all of our best wishes and I am pleased that she will continue to have a close relationship with Sky in the future."
Sky is to will undertake a thorough recruitment process and announce the appointment of a successor in due course.