Former deputy managing director of BSkyB, David Chance, is to join the board of rival Granada Media as a non-executive director. He joins the company as it prepares for next month’s demerger from the Granada Group.

Chance and his managing director Sam Chisholm both quit their Sky executive roles in autumn 1997. Whilst remaining non-executive directors of the company, the duo were promptly appointed commercial and media consultants to the Premier League, raising concern at potential conflict of interest as Sky’s monopoly on covering Premiership soccer matches expires in 2001.

Mr Chance finally relinquished his consultancy/non-executive role at Sky ten motnhs ago. Last week Sky was triumphant, winning for an unstated sum he right to televise live all 66 games annually during the new contract period [WAMN, 15-Jun-00].

News source: Sunday Business (UK)