President and Chief Operating Officer
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Skyview Networks, Steve Jones is charged with leading Skyview Networks’ growth in sports play-by-play, content creation across platforms, syndication, network sales, distribution of audio and technology innovation. Reporting to co-founder and CEO Ken Thiele, Jones began his new role with Skyview Networks in April 2019 and is based between Skyview Networks’ Scottsdale corporate and New York offices.
Previously, at The Walt Disney Company, Jones served as the Vice President and General Manager, ABC Radio leading strategic planning, business development, programming and operations for ABC-branded audio content—covering news, entertainment, lifestyle and sports. The ABC audio brands include America’s most-listened-to network, ABC News Radio, along with iconic brands ABC Radio, ABC Sports Radio, and a suite of digital audio and text businesses marketed as ABC Radio Digital.
Under Jones’ leadership, Disney/ABC entered into a partnership with Skyview Networks in 2014 to create a stand-alone audio business for ABC News; the dominant broadcast radio news source reaching 73-million listeners weekly across more than 1,650 radio stations and myriad digital audio platforms. ABC News Radio’s journalism has been recognized with dozens of honors including Edward R. Murrow Awards, International Radio Festival Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards, Headliner Awards, Gracie Awards and a Peabody Award.
Among his industry recognition, Jones is on Radio Ink’s annual 40 Most Powerful list of broadcast executives (2018, 2017), the Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America (2017) and the First Amendment Service Award from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation (2017). Jones was twice named “News Executive of the Year” by Radio & Records.
Prior to leading ABC News Radio, Jones was the vice president for Programming and Operations for ABCNEWS.com during which time he oversaw all content and production. Under Jones’ leadership, the ABCNEWS.com team won multiple awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Network News” website, and a Peabody Award for ABCNEWS.com’s coverage of the 2001 terror attacks. Jones launched the first regularly scheduled webcast by a network, oversaw the launch of interactive web programming and co-produced ABC’s online millennium coverage along with other special event programming.
Jones joined ABC News in 1986 as a writer. During this period, his work won two Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards and an Overseas Press Club Award. Prior to joining ABC News, he was a radio newscaster and disc jockey, and also worked as a television reporter on Long Island.
Jones was a 2010 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Fellow in the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program and often speaks about media strategy for the audio business. He is on the President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University from which he possesses an undergraduate degree.