Project Canvas appoints technology and marketing heads

Project Canvas has appointed Anthony Rose and Tim Hunt as chief technology officer and director of marketing respectively.

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The positions will be on an interim basis while the proposed on-demand TV service from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Arqiva, BT and ISP TalkTalk awaits the go-ahead from the BBC Trust.

Rose joins from the BBC where he’is future media controller of the vision and online media group. Previously he was head of digital media technology, responsible for delivering the BBC iPlayer and creating a unified embedded media experience across the Corporation’s online properties. He joined the BBC from music download service Kazaa/Altnet where he was chief technology officer.

Hunt joins from Freeview where he’s director of marketing and communications. He was previously marketing director of Project Kangaroo and has been MD of creative ad agency St Luke’s.

Project Canvas director Richard Halton said, “It’s great to welcome two such experienced individuals to the project. They both bring key skills and expertise in their fields that allow us to begin the next phase of Project Canvas as we await the outcome of the regulatory process.”

Project Canvas has been criticised by Virgin Media and BSkyB, which are concerned it will distort fair competition in the video-on-demand market (nma 17 August 2009).

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

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