Sky TV expands programming roles

SKY TV is moving to expand its programming roles as part of a commitment to developing its in-house channel management team.

Current Prime Channel Manager Karen Bieleski has been promoted to the newly created position of Head of General Entertainment and Prime, overseeing SKY’s in-house channels Prime, The Box, Vibe and Arts.

Prime’s Associate Channel Manager Kathy Wright will move up to the position of Channel Manager Prime.

SKY’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar, says “SKY’s in-house channels are not only a crucial part of our offerings to viewers, but also an area of expanding importance to the company going forward. As such, the time is right to take a broader management view of their operation.

“Karen Bieleski’s sterling work on Prime and extensive background in programming made her the logical choice to add the in-house channels to her portfolio.  Kathy Wright’s promotion to Channel Manager Prime is a well deserved recognition of her contribution to the channel over the last three and a half years.”

“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, bringing me a much greater degree of involvement with the pay TV aspect of SKY’s business alongside my ongoing commitment to Prime. I’ll be working with a terrific team of programmers on Prime, Arts, The Box and Vibe and I couldn’t ask for a better role,” says Karen.

Kathy adds, “I am delighted and extremely excited to be taking on the role of Channel Manager Prime from Karen. I have been with Prime for nearly four years now and my commitment and passion for the channel has only increased in this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen for being a wonderful mentor over the years and am excited to continue working with her.”

Claudia Aull, currently Channel Manager The Box, will now step into the role of Associate Channel Manager Prime and Sacha Willetts will continue as the Prime Scheduler.

The changes will take effect on 1 November 2009.

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