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Future Media is to be renamed BBC Digital, while BBC Technology will become BBC Engineering.

The changes, which will take effect at the start of the new financial year, will see the two divisions remain separate operations under current leaders Ralph Rivera and Matthew Postgate.

Rivera will be retitled director, digital, while Postgate will continue to be chief technology officer.

Their staff - many of whom will be based in Salford as part of a new digital hub - will work closely together to help realise the BBC's internet ambitions.

Future Media's new name reflects the fact that internet technology is now an established and core part of BBC services.

'That future is firmly here,' said managing director finance and operations Anne Bulford and director of strategy and digital James Purnell in a joint email to staff.

'Our digital offer will be central to Charter Review and the new name better reflects BBC Digital's role in delivering the best possible online experiences for our audiences, while helping us transition to an internet-first BBC.'

Archives join Engineering

The BBC Engineering tag, meanwhile, harks back to the 1920s, when engineers were vital to the BBC's creation.

'Engineers made it possible for the BBC to come into existence in 1922,' said Bulford and Purnell. 'The BBC's world class engineering skills are even more important today than they were back then - from HD digital broadcasting on TV and Radio, to information security, file based delivery of programmes and connected studios around the globe.'

BBC Archives will become part of BBC Engineering so that work around file-based distribution, media movement and storage can be shared.

'The BBC has always brought its audiences the future,' reflect Bulford and Purnell. 'Like Television and Radio before it, digital platforms and technologies will help us reach audiences and tell stories in new ways.

'The combined and collaborative work of BBC Digital and BBC Engineering will continue to lead our activities in the internet age and help us to do even more to serve all our audiences.'

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