UK pay-TV network Sky Sports has appointed Jo Osborne as its first head of women’s sport.
Osborne, who previously worked as an executive producer at the Comcast-owned broadcaster, has already played a key role in shaping Sky’s women’s sport strategy.
In the new dedicated position, Osborne will report to executive director of development Anna Kessel and work collaboratively with executive director of content Steve Smith to help establish Sky Sports as the UK’s largest broadcaster and investor in women’s sport.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this role at such a pivotal time for women’s sport,” Osborne said.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues across the business and our partners to grow and champion our women’s sport rights and bring this exciting content to an even wider audience.”
Jonathan Licht, Sky Sports’ managing director, added: “At Sky Sports we are proud of our women’s sport coverage, and strong portfolio of rights. We want to grow that investment with a clear strategy that helps tell our story and make Sky Sports famous for being the home of women’s sport.”
Elsewhere, English soccer giants Arsenal have announced that owner Stan Kroenke and director Josh Kroenke have been appointed co-chairs in a boardroom restructure. Tim Lewis has also been named as the club’s executive vice chair, having been on the board as a non-executive director since 2020.
US-based video streaming service FloSports has brought in Jayar Dolan as chief content officer and Gene Chuang as senior vice president, engineering.
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