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Sky Italia channels boss leaves for Tata

Paolo Agostinelli, a senior channels executive at Sky Italia, is leaving the Italian pay TV operation to head up programming operations at Tata Sky.

Sky Italia is owned by Twenty First Century Fox Indian DTH platform Tata Sky is a joint venture between Indiam conglomerate Tata Group and Star, which is also owned by Twenty First Century Fox.

Agostinelli’s departure has led to new appointments within Sky Italia programming department: Luca Revelli will take charge of relations with third party channels in addition to his current position as head of digital activities & special projects. Giovanni Uboldi will be in charge of the pay per view and VOD. Both will report to executive VP of programming Andrea Scrosati.

At Sky, Agostinelli was VP, partner channels, PPV & VOD. From the 23rd of this month he will be chief programming officer and business strategy officer at Tata Sky where he will report direct to company CEO Harit Nagpal.

He joined Sky in 2008 having previously been at management consultants Bain & Company.

Commenting on the appointments, Sky Italia CEO Andrea Zappia said: “This appointment makes me proud because it shows that in Italy we are able to grow talents able to fill the most coveted and prestigious roles in other markets. It also demonstrates the tremendous value created from belonging to a successful global group such as 21st Century Fox.”