BBC Interactive TV Exec, Rahul Chakkara, Named Director of Online at TalkTalk

UK ISP, TalkTalk, has announced the appointment of Rahul Chakkara to the newly created position of director of online. Chakkara was previously controller of TV platforms for the BBC's Future Media & Technology group (prior to that, he was director of marketing at NDS), in which role he headed up the corporation's red-button interactive TV efforts, played a significant role in the development of the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, and was closely involved in Project Canvas, an initiative that sees the BBC working with the UK's other public-service broadcasters, with broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, and with two UK ISP's in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes.

TalkTalk happens to be one of the two ISP's involved in Project Canvas (the other is incumbent telco, BT), so Chakkara's new role may see him continuing to work on the initiative--though the company has not confirmed that this is the case. According to TalkTalk, he will be responsible for the company's Web portals, members' forums and sales sites. "We are delighted to have Rahul on board to head up our online operations--he brings a wealth of experience and will play a key role in developing our online strategy and helping us better serve our growing customer base," TalkTalk's senior director of TV, Max Alexander, said in a prepared statement.

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