Long serving Sky Sports executive Barney Francis is to depart the Comcast-owned broadcaster later this year.
Francis spent ten years at the helm of the premium sports brand, taking over from Vic Wakeling in 2009.
However, in May 2019 Francis was appointed chief executive of future sport and replaced by Rob Webster as Sky Sports’ managing director.
In a statement issued by Sky over Twitter, Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s group chief executive, said: “During his time at Sky, Barney has transformed Sky Sports, building a world class team and leaving a fantastic legacy. We wish him the very best from us for the future.”
— Sky Corporate (@SkyCorporate) January 6, 2020
Francis added: “I’ve been privileged to work for this great company for more than two decades. It’s been the stuff of dreams for a guy who grew up as a sports-nut.
“Yet the time is right to move on to new adventures in a changing world. I leave with thanks for the support of all our customers who have enjoyed Sky Sports during my time, and of course my colleagues and friends who I will miss greatly.”
Francis joined sky in 2001 and was executive producer of its cricket coverage until 2007, when he became executive producer for football.