Sky has appointed Liam Keelan, the BBC’s controller of daytime, as its new director of Sky1.
He replaces Stuart Murphy, who recently became director of all the broadcaster’s entertainment channels, including Sky Living and Sky Arts.
Keelan said: “It’s fantastic to be joining at a really exciting time for Sky1. The commissioning and acquisitions teams at Sky are of the highest calibre. Their drive, ambition and talent make Sky a great place to be. The channel has launched some hugely successful shows across every genre over the last few years so I’m really looking forward to getting started. ”
Murphy added that Keelan has developed a reputation for commissioning “popular, smart television with real flair and a strategic mind”, and said he has “impeccable relationships with big talent, both on and off screen”.
“At Sky the customer always comes first and he gets this instinctively. He will be a brilliant member of the Sky senior editorial team,” he said.
Keelan has been controller of BBC daytime since February 2006. During his tenure he has overseen dramas such as The Indian Doctor and Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On.
Prior to this he ran daytime programming at ITV.