Sky1 commissioners follow Woolfe to Five

By James Welsh

Two Sky1 commissioners and the channel's deputy director of production are to rejoin former boss Richard Woolfe by moving to Five.

Donna Taberer, commissioning editor for entertainment and features and Andrew O'Connell, factual commissioning editor will take up posts as head of entertainment and factual respectively at Five within the next few months. Nan Whittingham, currently deputy director of production at Sky1, 2 and 3 will become Five's head of production.

"My vision is to put this channel on the map and with these three brilliant heads joining the programming team I believe we will make Five the destination channel it deserves to be," said Woolfe, who quit as director of programming for Sky1, 2 and 3 to become controller of Five last November. "All three have tremendous track records in producing and commissioning award-winning series that grab the audience’s attention and will ensure Five’s programming is impossible to ignore."