Kip Meek to Chair Project Canvas

The Canvas partners have announced that Kip Meek will be the project's Non-Executive Chairman.

In a statement Canvas said that Kip Meek would lead the Board of the new venture and oversee the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer, who will have day to day operational responsibility for the new organisation. He will step down from his full time role at Ingenious Media and his non-executive positions at the Broadband Stakeholder Group and Phorm.

Kip Meek said: "Internet technology creates unlimited choice and can also give people real control over what they watch, and when they watch it.

"Project Canvas will integrate the broadcast and on-demand worlds to make this possible via the TV. It will also allow third-party business models to thrive through an open platform, bringing the benefits of next-generation TV to anyone who wants it.

"With the backing of these six substantial partners, we have the opportunity to transform television. I look forward to working with the board and the executive team to make this happen."

Meek assumes the role with immediate effect and succeeds BBC Director of Future Media and Technology Erik Huggers who has acted as project chair for the last year.

Huggers said: "Project Canvas is of huge importance to the digital media industry, as it will secure the future of free-to-air broadcasting in the digital age. This is a major moment for a project started by the BBC and developed in partnership with the wider industry.

"Project Canvas can now continue its journey towards incorporation as a business standing on its own two feet. On behalf of the shareholders, I'm delighted to have attracted someone as respected as Kip Meek to the challenge."

Prior to joining Ingenious, Meek held a variety of responsibilities at Ofcom, including chairing the European Regulators Group, and was instrumental in the establishment of BT's operationally independent infrastructure company Openreach. Before joining Ofcom, he was Managing Director of Spectrum Strategy Consultants

DTG Staff  |  23.07.2010

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