Sky Atlantic boss Zai Bennett has been promoted to Director of Programmes at Sky.

Bennett will take on overall leadership of the UK Entertainment team which includes Director of Sky 1 and Sky Living Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky Arts and Non-Scripted Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Comedy Jon Mountague and Head of Kids Content Lucy Murphy.

Bennett will retain responsibility for Sky Atlantic, and will be supported by Jamie Morris who takes on the new position of Channel Editor, Sky Atlantic while retaining his existing responsibilities overseeing the scheduling for Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic.

Bennett effectively takes over the job vacated last year by Director of Entertainment Channels Stuart Murphy.

Sky Arts boss Edgar Jones also takes over responsibility for non-scripted programming. This sees him replacing Celia Taylor who announced her resignation last week.

Adam MacDonald will continue to manage Sky 1 and Sky Living, supported by Stephen Ladlow heading up the free-to air channels, Pick and Challenge.

The original comedy slate will remain under the leadership of Jon Mountague, with a focus on new and returning scripted comedy.

Lucy Murphy, Head of Kids Content will also work in to Bennett.

Anne Mensah continues her leadership of Drama reporting to Gary Davey as does Sarah Wright in Acquired Programming.

Gary Davey, Sky ‘s Managing Director of Content, said: “Zai has been a key member of the content team since 2014 and in that time has done an outstanding job of managing and curating the brilliant Sky Atlantic brand. I am delighted with the progress we have made on our content journey in the UK and we are ready to take our programming to a whole new level. The changes announced today will enable us to have a clearer focus for the content plan in the UK and Ireland while other members of my team continue to have responsibilities to both the UK and the rest of Europe.”

Staff Reporter

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