BSkyB Adds Another Independent Board Member

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The U.K. pay TV giant has brought in several independent directors since a failed bid by big shareholder News Corp. to buy full control last year.


LONDON - U.K. satellite TV giant BSkyB, in which Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. owns a 39 percent stake, said Thursday that it has appointed another independent board member.

Telecom veteran Andy Sukawaty, executive chairman of Inmarsat, a provider of voice and data communications services, will join the board in June to replace a departing director. He is also the non-executive chairman of Dutch cable operator Ziggo.

BSkyB has been adding independent board members after last year's failed attempt by News Corp. to buy full control of the firm. Last month, it appointed Dave Lewis, an executive at consumer goods giant Unilever, to its board as an independent director.

Said BSkyB chairman Nicholas Ferguson: "Andy Sukawaty is a highly experienced and capable executive who will bring strong telecommunications industry expertise to Sky and will add further breadth and depth to the skills of the board."

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