Departure of two Sky Sport bosses announced after a turbulent year for the broadcaster


Two of Sky Sport’s senior executives are leaving the company after a review from the broadcaster’s senior management.

Two of Sky Sport’s senior executives are leaving the company after a review from the broadcaster’s senior management.

Head of Sports Production Brian Hitchcock and Director of Live Sports Innovation and Community Engagement Tex Teixeira announced their departure this month.

A leaked email from Sky chief commercial officer Jonny Errington on Friday, October 15, noted that Sky had “re-examined the senior management structure” over the past year.

“As we continue to refine and streamline operations, we have decided to remove the role of Sports Production Manager held by Brian Hitchcock,” the email said.

He wrote that “Hitch” had made “a significant contribution to both Sky and sports organizations across New Zealand”.

The email stated that he would be working for a transitional period until November 13 and that due to Covid they were unlikely to be able to send him in person.

Another staff email, also seen by the Herald, from managing director Sophie Moloney earlier this month said that after nine years at Sky, Tex Teixeira has decided to embark on a “new adventure” and would leave in December.

“Tex has made a significant contribution to Sky Sport since joining us, including as Head of Sports Production, Director of Broadcast and Media, Director of Content and Director of Live Sports Innovation and community engagement. “

She said in the email that he has a few plans for the coming months and will be leaving Sky just before the Christmas break.

“It will be time to thank Tex for his services before he leaves, but for today I just want to note my personal thanks for Tex’s contribution and his particular passion for Sky and the sport. We are grateful for his contribution and wish him well in his next endeavor. “

Another email, from Errington, told staff it made clear the need to keep an eye on costs.

“But it’s definitely not just about saving money. It’s about building a more efficient and effective business, organizing ourselves to make the most of our talent and making change. which ensure the sustainability of Sky in the future, ”he wrote.

The company’s leadership was slashed in April with the departure of Chief Customer Officer Chaz Savage and Creative Director Steve Bayliss.

Earlier this year, Sky hired an outside lawyer following allegations of bullying, harassment and toxic culture at the broadcaster.

The scope of the service included sexual harassment, bullying, racial discrimination, homophobia and other “toxic” issues in the workplace.

The Herald later also revealed that more than 60 workers had spoken to the investigator.

Sky Sport has been approached for comment.

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