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Ashley Highfield To Lead "Kangaroo"

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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 11:00 UK time, Monday, 14 April 2008

kangaroo_175.pngAshley Highfield is leaving BBC Future Media and Technology to lead Project Kangaroo.

Ashley is in Las Vegas for an event so will probably be asleep now, but I hope to have a post from him as soon as possible.

In the meantime, here's the press release explaining more. I'll be putting any reaction from blogs in our del.icio.us stream.

Here is the text of the email sent by the BBC's Director General Mark Thompson to all BBC staff today:

Dear All,
I am delighted to tell you that Ashley Highfield, Director of Future Media & Technology, is to become CEO of Kangaroo, the video-on-demand joint venture between BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4.
I'm sure you will join me in congratulating Ashley in taking up this fantastic opportunity to oversee the launch of an exciting new venture which is an important part of BBC Worldwide’s future commercial plans.
At the same time, I'd like to express my thanks to him for all the great work that he has done since he joined the BBC in 2000. He has been pivotal in transforming the BBC for the digital age and a champion on the Executive Board for investment in technology. As a result of his leadership, the BBC is being re-engineered and successfully positioned to take on the enormous challenges of the future.
Most crucially, he has overseen the phenomenally successful BBC iPlayer, which received 42 million programme requests in its first three months.
Under Ashley’s leadership, bbc.co.uk has also experienced a huge growth in popularity. It is now ranked as the third most popular website in the UK, and on average is visited by 20 million people a week. He is also responsible for our mobile services, Information & Archives and the award winning BBCi, the BBC's digital interactive TV service - as well as overseeing the critical role of Research & Development at Kingswood Warren and the start of the roll-out of the Digital Media Initiative.
I will be announcing Ashley's leaving date in due course and we will shortly start the process to select and appoint his successor.
All the best,
Mark Thompson.

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet Blog.


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