Ralph Rivera steps down, BBTV at the top and Discovery's Quest to move online : DTG Daily News April 14th

Ralph Rivera steps down

Since leading the BBC's digital operations since 2011, Ralph Rivera has been made redundant from his role of digital director at the BBC.

The position of digital director will no longer exist following the merge of the broadcasters digital, engineering and BBC Worldwide technology teams earlier this month. The organisational review was also part of Tony Halls, BBC's director general, plans to cut senior management in a bid to save £800m over the next six years.

Rivera will remain at the BBC taking on a six-month education project, exploring the BBC's role as a platform for education in the UK.

BBTV at the top

The world's largest Multi-Platform Network, BroadbandTV (BBTV) have announced that they are third biggest video property in the world.

According to the latest comScore reports, BBTV follows Google and Facebook on unique viewers. This pushes them ahead of VEVO, AOL and Twitter.

The top 5 platforms with total unique viewers for Feb-16...

1. Google Sites 1,018,308

2. Facebook 601,823

3. BroadbandTV 317,084

4. VEVO 306,878

5. Warner Music 291,822

“We’re one of the largest creators and distributors of short form content globally, and the business continues to develop at an incredible rate, we’re now poised for another period of significant growth,” commented Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV.

Discovery's Quest to move online

Quest, Discovery's free-to-air factual entertainment channel, is to be streamed online as of this weekend coinciding with the start of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Viewers can already watch Quest on Freeview, YouView, Sky and Virgin and will soon be able to watch via QuestTV—a dedicated app for tablets and mobile phone users.

This is a further evolution of our digital presence that allows our audience to watch what, where and when they want,” said Simon Downing, SVP, Head of Quest. “Streaming Quest live online to complement our linear, catch up and on demand services is a milestone in the continued growth of the channel which will pave the way to reach even bigger audiences. The start of what promises to be a thrilling Rallycross season is the perfect occasion to go live online, bringing all the action direct to your devices.”

DTG Staff  |  14.04.2016

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