Distribution moves into Future Media

Ralph Rivera Ralph Rivera, director of Future Media

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BBC Distribution will move divisions, joining Future Media from Technology at the beginning of August.

The 40-strong team ensures that the BBC's public services are carried on all radio, television and digital platforms. To achieve this goal, they are responsible for working with a range of partners - from BT, Freeview and YouView to Freesat, BSkyB and Virgin Media.

As of August, they will work more closely with Business Development, a team of people in Future Media who get BBC services like iPlayer and News and Sport apps on a number of platforms and devices. They recently led trials with innovative new products like Oculus Rift at New Broadcasting House.

The teams will continue to be based in London, but a new head will be appointed to look after the strategic direction of both Distribution and Business Development.

The change is the result of a BBC Trust review into the broadcaster's distribution of its UK services.

The report was published in November 2013, with the review carried out by independent company Mediatique.

One of the recommendations was that online and traditional distribution should come under 'a single decision-making body'.

Garazi Goia is currently the acting director of Distribution, replacing Alix Pryde, who left the BBC for Vodafone earlier this year. Her team will now report to Ralph Rivera, the director of Future Media.

Jane Weedon was the former director of Business Development, but has left the BBC. She has not been replaced.

In an email to Future Media staff, Rivera said: 'Following several reviews we have concluded that there will be benefits to bringing Distribution into Future Media. This is great news for us and especially Business Development, who work closely with a range of partners.'

He added: 'We will be recruiting someone to lead both Distribution and Business Development soon.'

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