Digital UK has appointed former Channel 4 managing director David Scott as chief executive. Scott will replace Ford Ennals, who is leaving in February to join Nike, at the analogue TV switchover body.
(pictured) has run the not-for-profit body since it was established in 2005 and tendered his resignation last month, shortly after the first UK region, Whitehaven in Cumbria, switched to digital TV. Under the switchover programme, analogue terrestrial TV signals will be phased out region by region by 2012.
Scott joined Channel 4 in 1982 as part of the launch management team. He joined as controller of finance and also held the finance director, managing director and deputy chief executive posts before leaving in 2005.
Digital UK chairman Barry Cox, who led the recruitment process, says Scott’s understanding of the “project”, coupled with years of broadcasting experience, were key to his appointment.