Sky's the limit for Jeremy

AN ex-Alnwick man has been appointed to a top job on Rupert Murdoch's global communication network BSkyB.

Jeremy Darroch, who attended the Duke's Grammar School before completing his college studies at the Duchess's High School in the early 1980s, has become the new chief executive officer of the satellite giant.

And, having pipped two candidates to the post, it means that the father-of-two's appointment makes him the first insider to be given the top job in the company's 18-year history.

Mr Darroch was appointed by James Murdoch, in the wake of Murdoch junior taking over from his father Rupert as non-executive chairman.

And Mr Murdoch has praised Mr Darroch for his "strong leadership, strategic vision and deep knowledge of the business" while the new chief executive has been described as "a nice family man" and a "measured, smart and a classic chief financial officer" by people who know him.

Mr Darroch, who used to live in Swansfield Park Road, currently lives in Surrey with his GP wife. And true to his North East roots, is a Newcastle United fan.

His brother Colin was head boy at the Duchess' High School.

Mr Darroch was James Murdoch's first senior appointment, joining Sky as a director and chief financial officer and director in August 2004.

He had previously been finance director at what was then Dixons Group plc, having initially plied his trade at Procter & Gamble.