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Erik Huggers appointed as Director of BBC Future Media & Technology.

The BBC has appointed Erik Huggers, who is currently Group Controller of Future Media & Technology, as the new Director of the division.

Huggers, who will take up the new role on 1 August, will be taking over from Ashley Highfield, who left the BBC to become CEO of the proposed video on demand service Kangaroo.

In the new role, Huggers will take responsibility for the BBC’s output on the internet, interactive TV, mobile, broadband (including the BBC iPlayer) and other emerging platforms.

BBC Director-General Mark Thompson, announcing the appointment, said: “Erik has been a very strong group controller, FM&T for the last year. He has shown tremendous commitment championing the iPlayer amongst many other projects.”

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

Erik Huggers said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be asked to lead such a talented and dynamic team in Future Media & Technology.

“I now look forward to, along with my team, collaborating with colleagues across the BBC to ensure we respond to audience demands in providing exciting and innovative new ways of delivering the BBC’s content across a range of media.”

Huggers joined the BBC last year from Microsoft Corporation, where he worked across a wide variety of industry changing digital media initiatives.

BBC HD has also seen a new appointment with Danielle Nagler taking over Seetha Kumar’s role as head of the department.

Nagler will focus on growing the channel by driving consumer take-up, working with in-house and independent producers to increase HD programming, and leading preparations for BBC HD’s launch on Freeview.

Nagler has worked at the BBC since joining as a journalism trainee in 1996. She will take up her new position on 21 July 2008.

The BBC said that Seetha Kumar would move to another senior role within the Corporation.

Written by DTG Team

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