BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Agree to Five-Year Ban on Project Kangaroo-Type VOD Ventures

--Orange Decides against Purchasing Project Kangaroo's Technology Infrastructure
The Competition Commission --an independent public body which investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest, and which in February nixed Project Kangaroo , a joint video-on-demand venture between the BBC's BBC Worldwide arm, ITV and Channel 4, on the grounds that it would result in a "substantial lessening of competition in the supply of UK TV VOD content at the wholesale and retail levels"--published Friday drafts of "undertakings" that each of...

Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV News from the BBC

--CBBC Mash Up, New Red-Button Programming, Kangaroo's Demise, and More
Last week, [itvt] reported on the launch of HD streaming and downloading on the BBC's online catch-up TV service, BBC iPlayer. Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories from the BBC: Last week, the corporation announced that CBBC Mash Up--an online application which allows viewers of its children's digital channel, CBBC, to create their own moving CBBC logo set to music, and which was developed through a collaboration between BBC Children's...

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