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Mark Booth to Leave BSkyB to Set Up New Venture.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 1999--

British Sky Broadcasting British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It produces TV content, and owns several TV channels.  Group plc (NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
BSY British School of Yoga
BSY Bit Sync
BSY Busy Line
), the UK-based pay-television broadcasting group, today announced that Mark Booth, its Chief Executive, will be leaving his post to become Chief Executive of a start-up new media company, e-partners.

e-partners will invest in new media opportunities including the Internet, interactive television and wireless communication. The company will have a $300 million equity capital base that will be provided by News Corporation.

Mark Booth will leave BSkyB in the next few weeks, after a successor is chosen.

Mark's successor at BSkyB will be chosen from outside the company by a committee of the board, including Jerome Seydoux, the BSkyB chairman, Sir Dennis Stevenson, Chairman of the Remuneration REMUNERATION. Reward; recompense; salary. Dig. 17, 1, 7.  Committee, Philip Bowman, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, which has a 40% stake in BSkyB.

Jerome Seydoux, Chairman of BSkyB, said:

"I regret Mark Booth's departure, but wish him well in his new exciting venture, which I'm sure will be a great success. I would like to thank Mark for the brilliant job he has done at Sky, leading the most successful launch of digital television anywhere in the world. He is leaving Sky firmly positioned for continued leadership."

Mark Booth said:

"I am thrilled thrill ¬†
v. thrilled, thrill·ing, thrills
1. To cause to feel a sudden intense sensation; excite greatly.

2. To give great pleasure to; delight. See Synonyms at enrapture.
 to be leading an entrepreneurial venture at a time of great change and opportunity. I look forward to building on the successes we have already achieved in interactive digital television and to creating new opportunities for News Corp and its shareholders.

I will miss working with the tremendously talented and dedicated staff at Sky, whose efforts have led to the fastest launch of digital satellite television anywhere in the world. I am proud of their work and proud to be leaving Sky at a time when it is the clear leader in the digital television market."

Rupert Murdoch said:

"Mark has done an outstanding job at BSkyB. He will leave the company in great shape. It has very talented executives in each of its key operational areas, and I am extremely confident about its future."

Mr. Murdoch asked for and received permission from Jerome Seydoux, the Chairman of BSkyB, before offering Mr. Booth this newly created position at News Corp. Mr. Murdoch made the offer after Mr. Booth had been approached by a major internet company.

BSkyB ADRs (each equal to six ordinary shares) trade on the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City.
 under the symbol BSY. BSkyB ordinary shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange London Stock Exchange

London marketplace for securities. It was formed in 1773 by a group of stockbrokers who had been doing business informally in local coffeehouses.
, and can be accessed on Reuters under the symbol BSY.L, and on Quotron and Bloomberg under the symbol BSY. Additional information is available on BSkyB's home page:

Notes for Editors: 1. Mark Booth took up the position of Chief Executive of BSkyB

in November 1997. He was previously Chief Executive of

FOXTEL, Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president.
 of JSkyB and was responsible

for the launch of MTV MTV
 in full Music Television

U.S. cable television network, established in 1980 to present videos of musicians and singers performing new rock music. MTV won a wide following among rock-music fans worldwide and greatly affected the popular-music business.
 Europe as its Managing Director. 2. BSkyB announced that it had 350,000 digital subscribers by

the end of January 1999, and is on track for 1 million

subscribers by October 1999.
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