Former Seven news director Chris Willis joins Sky News

Seven’s former Sydney news director, Chris Willis, will join Sky News as executive editor of news and talk.

Willis left Seven Network in 2015 after more than 20 years, and has since worked at consulting firm The Change Warehouse, and as a senior adviser to former NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley.

In his new role, Willis will be responsible for live news coverage and national affairs programming content, reporting directly to Sky News CEO Paul Whittaker. He commences his role in January.

At the same time, Sky News has appointed Sam Duncan as integrated video news producer, a role which will see him produce and distribute digital video content from Sky News to all News Corp mastheads.

The role will ensure better integration and collaboration between the two News Corp-owned businesses. Duncan was previously at The Australian, working as a content and video news producer.

Sky News’ Whittaker said Willis and Duncan came at a “pivotal” time, ahead of the 2019 federal election.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of leading media executive Chris Willis to the team, who will spearhead our editorial and programming operations in this new strategic leadership role. Chris brings a wealth of experience to Sky News having run one of Australia’s biggest newsrooms for more than a decade,” Whittaker said.


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