Lucy Lumsden named Sky head of comedy

BBC comedy exec is first dedicated head of Sky comedy

LONDON -- Sky director of programming Stuart Murphy has appointed BBC comedy executive Lucy Lumsden to be its first dedicated head of comedy, working across Sky's three entertainment channels Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3.

Lumsden, currently controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, has brought such hits as "Gavin and Stacey" and "The Catherine Tate Show" to BBC audiences, and was described by Murphy as "simply the best commissioner in the comedy business."

The heavyweight appointment signals a new direction for Sky's entertainment channels, which have traditionally focused on acquired comedy rather than home-grown fare.

"Comedy takes time to get right, and it's an art not a science, but with Lucy at the helm it feels like we are giving ourselves the best chance of generating hits which our subscribers will love," said Murphy.