Duncan Gray joins Sky One

Temporary commissioner of entertainment starts in June

LONDON -- In his first major hire since taking the reigns as controller of Sky One on May 5, Stuart Murphy has hired former ITV and ABC executive Duncan Gray as temporary commissioner of entertainment, beginning June 1.

Gray will cover the maternity leave period for Sky exec Andrea Hamilton.

Sky will be looking for a roster of new entertainment programs after Murphy cancelled two of his predecessor Richard Woolfe's biggest entertainment shows.

Murphy said he had opted to axe the Shine-produced "Gladiators" and RDF Media's "Don't Forget The Lyrics" because he was looking to make newer fare and new genres such as comedy part of the Sky One mix.