Sky chief: sexist remarks ‘against everything Sky Sports stands for’
Jeremy Darroch, the chief executive of BSkyB, said today that presenter Andy Gray’s sexist remarks are “against everything Sky Sports stands for” and that he will fire any staff member, no matter how senior, for stepping “so far over the line”.
Gray was sacked from his Sky Sports presenting job on Tuesday, while co-host Richard Keys last night resigned the emergence of fresh clips appeared to show him making further sexist comments and an ill-fated attempt to apologise on live radio.
“At Sky we have a very Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Online clear idea of the culture we are trying to create in Authentic Prada Trainers the workplace, like fairness and respect,” Darroch said. “In my view it was completely unacceptable and we won’t stand for it, it doesn’t matter where you are in the organisation if you are so far over the line there will be action.”
He added that while Barney Francis, the managing director of Sky Sports, handled the situation he was also involved in the decision.
“It was led Authentic Prada Bags Outlet Online out of Sky Sports [but] yes I was closely involved. I absolutely support what they did,” he said. “Events last week were particularly disappointing. It goes against everything Sky Barberino Factory Outlet Prada About Prada Products Sports stands for [which] as a brand and a business has always stood for modernisation … I don’t think anyone broadcasts more women’s sport than we do … the sort of comments Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Online that were made are completely at odds with that.”
Darroch also said that the company has conducted exploratory conversations with culture secretary Jeremy Hunt over his plans to develop local Bicester Village Prada Refund TV services.
Last week Hunt Authentic Prada Handbags For Cheap unveiled his plans for a new national television channel to act as a “spine” for local TV services and said that BSkyB and Virgin Media could be subject to “must carry” obligations to offer the station high on their electronic programming guides.
“We have been talking to the minister about the way [local TV] can work and operate on the Sky platform as and when it develops,” Darroch said. “When we see more concrete plans we will be involved. He has obviously laid out aspirations for local TV. As you’d expect we would want to help … [but] it is far too early to speculate [how].”
Darroch refused to be drawn on whether he considered the idea of Sky News being hived off in order for News Corporation’s proposed acquisition of the 61% stake in Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag Sky it does not already own to be given the all clear by Hunt.
“Clearly [Sky News] is an important part of what we have done. It has grown over 20 years and Bergdorf Goodman Prada Mens Shoes is a great service delivering well… for now there is no change to what we are doing as a business,” he said.
He added that the company had as yet received no official bid from News Corp and so would not give a “running commentary”. “Once the secretary of state makes a decision we will be able to come and talk about what that might mean for Sky replica prada wallets,” Darroch said.