The director of Sky 1 and Sky Living, Adam MacDonald, is departing the company amid a senior level restructure, which will see standalone channel head roles in the entertainment group eliminated.
Instead, all strategic decisions for those channels will fall under the remit of Sky Entertainment’s director of programs, Zai Bennett, and the programming team. Commissioning and acquisitions will be handled by Bennett and individual genre heads.
In an internal memo obtained by realscreen, Bennett said the move is designed to streamline the decision-making process and allow for greater efficiency.
Phil Edgar Jones remains as director of Sky Arts and head of entertainment and arts commissioning.
MacDonald was tapped to lead Sky 1 in 2013, and eventually was responsible for Sky Living and Sky free-to-air channels Pick, Challenge and Real Lives.
Prior to landing at Sky, MacDonald was the VP of programming at A+E Networks UK, where he was responsible for programming strategy and production for History, Crime & Investigation Network, BIO and Military History channels in the UK, Africa, Middle East, and other European territories.
Previously, he held the post of creative director at IWC Media, where he executive produced Iron Chef UK for Channel 4 and Wreck or Ready for BBC1. He’s also held several senior roles at many UK broadcasters, including controller of daytime and digital factual at ITV, head of daytime at Channel 4 and head of scheduling at the BBC.