- Published: Friday, 11 October 2013 18:00
Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company.
"Sky works in partnership with universities to offer paid placements and scholarships with the aim of increasing the diversity of people entering the media industry."
More than 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.
Sky is the UK’s biggest investor in television programming, investing more than £2.5 billion across its portfolio of channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News. Around two-thirds of Sky’s content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes.
Sky employs 24,000 people across the UK and works with a range of educational institutions to provide young people with the opportunity to experience the world of work. 100 apprentices and 80 graduates join Sky every year and over 50 young people every day visit Sky Skills Studios to experience what happens behind the scenes in TV production. Sky also works in partnership with universities to offer paid placements and scholarships with the aim of increasing the diversity of people entering the media industry.
Sky had annual revenues of £7.2 billion in 2012/13 and is estimated to have made a £5.4 billion contribution to UK GDP over the year.
Alongside its commercial activities, Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which in operates. The company focuses on the four areas where it believes it can have the greatest impact: using the power of sport to improve lives; opening up the arts and celebrating creativity; helping young people to develop new skills; and taking action to protect the environment. www.sky.com/corporate
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This report is an edited version of a speech given by Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive of Sky, at the CIHE (now NCUB) Annual Conference.