BBC Names Kerstin Mogull COO of Future Media & Technology

BBC Renews its Interactive Services Contract with Red Bee Media

Red Bee Media (note: the company was originally a BBC business unit, called BBC Broadcast, that was sold off by the Corporation to Australian venture capital firm, Macquarie, in 2005 for £166 million) has renewed its contract with the BBC's Future Media & Technology arm to enable the latter's interactive services. The new contract, which was awarded after a formal EU procurement process, has a five-year term, with a provision to extend it for an...

BBC iPlayer Now Supports "Series Stacking," MPEG-4/H.264

--Will Shortly be Available on Nokia N96 Phones

BBC Three Commissions Multiplatform Interactive Comedy-Drama

--BBC Begins Simulcasting BBC Four, CBBC, Cbeebies Online

BBC Launches New Version of its iPlayer Catch-Up Service

The BBC has launched a new version of its broadband video
player/catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer. Among other things, the new
version integrates TV and radio in a single interface, which the BBC
bills as allowing smoother and easier navigation between TV and radio
programs. In addition, end-users can now choose between listening to
BBC Radio shows from the past seven weeks, with what the BBC
claims is better sound quality, or listening to live BBC radio
broadcasts; and the player also offers a pop-out widget that lets users
listen as they browse other Web pages. Other new features include "Last Played," which allows users to

BBC Fined £400,000 for Misleading Viewers during Participation TV Shows

BBC Interactive TV News:

--Corporation Unveils its Interactive TV Plans for the Olympics
--Round-Up of Recently Launched or Announced BBC Red-Button Apps
--BBC Three Invites Viewers to Help Create User-Generated Zombie Movie
--BBC Three Unveils Interactive Plans for "Spooks: Code 9"
--Extensive Broadband Video Planned for "Britain From Above"

Red Bee Media Forms New On Demand Division

Red Bee Media (note: the company was originally a BBC business unit,
called BBC Broadcast, that was sold off by the corporation) has formed
a new division, called On Demand, which it says will focus on
providing services related to metadata, media management, digital
publishing and emerging platforms, and has been designed to exploit
the "growing market for delivering content to new platforms." The new
division is headed up by Adam Poulter, Red Bee's executive
commercial director. Martin Harvey, who was previously head of sales,
marketing and international development for Red Bee's Metadata
division, has been promoted to managing director of metadata for the
new On Demand division. He will be tasked with managing Red Bee's

BBC Outlines its Interactive TV Plans for 2008/2009

--Round-Up of Recent BBC Interactive and Broadband TV News In its latest "Statements of Programme Policy" document, the BBC has
outlined its plans for its BBCi interactive TV service in 2008 and 2009.
Perhaps most notably, those plans include exploring the use of IP to
enhance single-screen interactive TV content. The document lays out
the plans in five key areas: ”Sustaining citizenship and civil society." BBCi plans...

Ashley Highfield Named CEO of Kangaroo

--Company is a VOD Joint Venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Ashley Highfield has quit his post as the BBC's director of future media and technology to become the CEO of Kangaroo, a VOD service that is a commercial joint venture between the BBC, ITV (i.e. the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, the Independent Television Network) and Channel 4, and that is set to launch later this year (note: the launch of the service--which will initially be available via the Internet--is expected to take place in June). He succeeds Lesley MacKenzie, who
has been leading the venture as interim CEO. His new role will see
Highfield leading negotiations with content owners and potential