Sky News has announced the expansion of its digital team as the national digital news network continues to grow.
Jack Houghton (featured image), who has been a regular on-air guest of Sky News during his tenure at The Daily Telegraph, has joined the digital team as digital editor.
In this senior position, Houghton will report to Tim Love, Head of Digital at Sky News, and will be responsible for the digital editorial output across skynews.com.au and the channel’s vast publishing touchpoints, which deliver over 20,000,000 video views per month.
In this newly created position, Houghton will also have an increased on-air presence, bringing his unique perspective on trending online stories to Sky News viewers, as well as overseeing original online reporting and produced-for-web articles, videos and podcast content.
Houghton will also oversee 2600, the Sky News digital-first brand and content platform for political enthusiasts, led by Courtney Gould who has been promoted to Senior Producer – 2600.
Sky News product manager Sarah Gaukroger has been promoted to the new role of digital operations manager, which will see her take on an increased portfolio of digital products, as well as drive product and marketing strategies for Sky News online content across existing and emerging platforms.
Sky News head of digital, Tim Love said: “These new roles are critical to the channel’s ongoing expansion and are a testament to the popularity of video content.
“Having launched the network’s video-first strategy 18 months ago, video views have increased by over 300 per cent.
“The increased investment sets us up for continued success during our next period of significant digital growth across our web, app and third-party platforms.”