Media Moves

Willis departs, Holman steps up as Sky News’ head of news

September 6, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Chris Willis
Chris Willis

Chris Willis, head of news at Sky News Australia, has stepped down and his current deputy, Elise Holman has moved into this role.

Willis said:

“I’m grateful for the support of our senior leaders Paul Whittaker and Siobhan McKenna, in providing the resources to carry out our bold plans, and with their backing we have gone a long way to achieving them. However, it is now time to hand over to a new generation of news leaders to complete the task.

“I am in my fiftieth year of day-to-day news operations, with its instant deadlines and rolling news cycle. I am, however, not quite ready to retire and look forward to spending time taking a considered view of the world and giving back some of what the industry has given me by providing consultancy advice across media and politics and mentoring the next generation of news leaders.”

In more than four years at Sky News Australia, Willis established the Washington, D.C. and Taiwan bureaus.

Reach out to Willis via LinkedIn.


Elise Holman
Elise Holman

Holman joined Sky News Australia in May 2018 from Al Jazeera Media Network, where she held the posts of freelance sports producer and sports editor.

Previously, from June 2008 to July 2013, she was at Sky News, where she held the posts of sports producer, reporter and supervising sports producer.

Holman has a B.A. from Charles Sturt University in Australia.

You can congratulate Holman via X/Twitter.

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