BBC appoints new iPlayer boss

The BBC has appointed Erik Huggers as its new director of Future Media and Technology division, which includes the iPlayer.

The BBC has appointed Erik Huggers as its new director of Future Media and Technology division, which includes the iPlayer.

Huggers, who worked on digital initiatives for Microsoft until last year, will be responsible for the BBC’s online output, broadband, interactive TV and mobile.

He will also be in charge of the BBC’s enterprise and broadcast technology strategy and delivery.

His predecessor Ashley Highfield left the BBC in April to become chief executive of on-demand online media player Kangaroo, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and ITV.

Announcing the appointment, BBC director-general Mark Thompson said that Huggers had shown “tremendous commitment championing the iPlayer”.

"I look forward to him bringing his drive and determination to this new role, helping ensure the BBC is fit for the digital future," he said.

Huggers takes up his post from 1 August, 2008.

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