Sky News’ veteran topper Nick Pollard is ankling following weeks of speculation over his future after the web’s less-than-noteworthy relaunch last fall.
Pollard, who told staff of his decision Sunday, will be replaced Sept. 1 by John Ryley, the executive editor who joined Sky in 1995 following stints at the BBC and Independent Television News.
Said Pollard: “There are many factors involved, but it comes down to this: It’s time to let someone else have a go and time for me to have a go at something else.”
Until last fall’s expensive refit, Pollard, 55, had an unblemished record at Sky News, as the rolling-news web won admiration from competitors and a fistful of awards.
However, BBC News 24 has begun to steal some of Sky News’ thunder.