I wanted to let you know I’m resigning from @SkyNewsAust and @FOXSportsNews. A big thank you to the team at ANC. I sincerely apologise to Inala, the organisers, sponsors and those attending last week’s fundraiser. I deeply regret taking some of the shine off Inala’s great work.— Greg Thomson (@Thomson_Greg) July 19, 2018
Paul Whittaker appoints Chris Willis to Sky News leadership role
Sky News has announced further expansion and investment in its editorial leadership team with the appointment of two new roles across its newsroom operations.**
Experienced television news director Chris Willis has been appointed to the newly created leadership position of executive editor – news and talk. In this senior editorial role, Willis will have overall responsibility for the broadcaster’s live news coverage and national affairs programming content.
Willis will report to Sky News chief executive Paul Whittaker and will be based at the Sky News Sydney media centre. He will commence in the role next month.
Chris Willis said: “Sky News is really on the move. Paul Whittaker has some great ideas to make Sky News the ‘go-to’ TV news organisation in Australia. I’m thrilled to be part of making that happen.”
A highly experienced television news executive spanning two decades, Willis ran the Seven Network’s largest newsroom in Sydney for 12 years, overseeing a highly successful ratings period for the network.
Most recently he was director at consulting firm The Change Warehouse and was a senior adviser to former NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley.
Sky News has also announced the appointment of Sam Duncan to the newly created role of integrated video news producer based at News Corp HQ in Sydney.
Duncan is responsible for producing and distributing digital video news content from the Sky News television broadcast platforms to all News Corp’s masthead websites including The Australian , The Daily Telegraph , Herald Sun and news.com.au.
Duncan joins Sky News from The Australian where he held the role of content and video news producer, writing across business, politics and defence.
Paul Whittaker said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of leading media executive Chris Willis to the team, who will spearhead our editorial and programming operations in this new strategic leadership role. Chris brings a wealth of experience to Sky News having run one of Australia’s biggest newsrooms for more than a decade. Chris and Sam join us at a pivotal time as we ready ourselves to deliver Australia’s most compelling and insightful coverage of the 2019 Federal Election.”
COMING SOON TO SKY NEWS
Sky News today announced Australian media commentator and broadcaster, Derryn Hinch will front weekly current affairs and commentary program HINCH , from Thursday, July 4 at 8:00pm AEST on Sky News.
Derryn will broadcast the one-hour program LIVE from the Sky News Melbourne studio each week, bringing his knowledge and contacts from over half a century in news and current affairs, plus his more recent experience as a federal senator.
Derryn Hinch said: “Hosting HINCH on Sky News, I feel like I am coming home. I loved my time at Sky before I ‘jumped the shark’ and became a senator. Now, I can bring you info from both outside and inside. Not just politics but the issues of the day. I can’t wait.”
Derryn returns to the network having previously hosted HINCH Live on Sky News Australia before launching his political career. He was elected to the senate representing Victoria for Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party at the 2016 federal election, before losing his seat at the 2019 federal election. Derryn’s media career spans print, television and radio across a variety of roles, including that of former newspaper editor. He is currently working on his sixteenth book.
Watch HINCH Thursdays 8pm AEST from July 4