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Standing start for Sky’s Andrew Griffith

When, each morning at 7.30am, Andrew Griffith arrives at his office at Sky’s impressive new central block in Osterley – the one in the background on Sky News – he does not slump in his chair. He does not have a chair.

This is not a case of fanatical hot-­desking, although he is one of the few senior execs to have his own defined space in the new building. Sky’s 45-year-old chief operating and chief financial officer prefers to stand: better energy levels, shorter conversations.

HBO and Sky announce Chernobyl series starring Jared Harris

The Chernobyl disaster took place in April 1986, when a nuclear power plant exploded on a catastrophic scale. The drama will explore why and how it happened, as well as the people who risked their own lives to save others.

Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.

New Sky commissions include Cat Deeley-fronted singing competition

Phil Edgar Jones, Sky’s Head of Entertainment, promised that the shows would “make Sky 1 even bigger, bolder and better by bringing… three epic entertainment shows to the channel. There’s something to get everyone either on the edge of their seats or dancing around the living room.”

Inside Sky's Election Campaign: Jon Bennett on the lure of covering election night

Bennett is a Sky News lifer, having joined the news organisation 28 years ago before it had even begun broadcasting. Now, he is taking the chair for a seventh time to direct the broadcaster’s election night coverage.

Working alongside Executive Producer Nick Phipps – the man who decides on how the story will be told – Bennett is tasked with making his vision a reality. “We represent the two sides,” Bennett explains. “His is the editorial and mine is the production. He is the one I don’t want to let down.”

Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran join James Corden's London line up

James Corden (Credit: Sky)

The Late Late Show, which airs on Sky 1 and Now TV in the UK, is coming to the capital for three special episodes, featuring a mix of celebrity interviews, musical acts, games and sketches.

Ed Sheeran will join Corden for a new Carpool Karaoke, with other musical contributions coming from Harry Styles and Kings of Leon.

Also joining Corden in London are Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Russell Brand and Anthony Joshua.

Is targeted advertising the future of TV?

That was one of the main conclusions from an RTS early evening event, Is targeted advertising the future of TV?

A capacity crowd heard how the arrival of streaming services headed by Netflix and Amazon Prime plus the challenge from Facebook and Google are changing the dynamics of TV advertising. 

Catch-up TV and the traditional broadcasters' own on-demand offerings are also driving change.  

All this is posing problems for audience measurement, the bedrock of TV advertising for more than half a century.

First look trailer released for new crime drama Tin Star

The new crime thriller follows Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-Metropolitan police detective as he starts a new life with his family in an idyllic community in the remote Rocky Mountains.

However, the tranquility is short-lived with the arrival of an oil company, fronted by Mrs Bradshaw (Christina Hendricks), whose workers bring a debaucherous scene of drugs, prostitution and crime to the town.

When Worth takes a stand against their behaviour, his actions seem to have tragic consequences as one of his family members is devastatingly murdered by a mysterious assassin. 

Sir David Attenborough to become virtual hologram for Sky

In a world first, museum-goers will get special hands-on access to rare objects, while a 3D hologram of Attenborough will offer his own insight on each specimen in a one-on-one interactive experience.

He will be transformed into a hologram and will guide participants to virtually hold and handle fossils, bringing the objects to life. 

This virtual technology will allow people to hold up, peer inside, tilt and look more closely at the historic objects, which include fossils, bones and skulls from the museum’s world-famous collection.