Sky One controller James Baker has made his first appointments, creating two new acquisitions posts.

Sky One controller James Baker has made his first appointments, creating two new acquisitions posts.

He has split up the role of head of acquisitions following the departure of Nicky Wood last month. From the beginning of next year Sam Rowden will take on the role of head of acquisitions with responsibility for reality and daytime shows while David Smyth will be in charge of drama and comedy genres.

Smyth joins Sky's acquisition team from Sky Box Office where he was Pay-per-view manager while Rowden was Sky One's acquisitions manager.

Both will report directly to Baker, as well as liaising closely with the director of films, channels and acquisitions Sophie Turner-Laing.

The move to split up the role is being seen by the digital broadcaster as a way of maintaining its position in an increasingly competitive international market.

The news follows the earlier Sky announcement that its flagship digital channel would give each night's scheduling an identity with Tuesday and Saturday being reserved for major US acquisitions such as Warner Brothers' Nip/Tuck which airs in January and The Handler and Cold Case. Wednesday's and Friday's will also feature US acquisitions.