Arqiva appoints VOD CEO following Kangaroo acquisition

Arqiva has appointed the former MD of British Eurosport, Pierre-Jean Sebert, as CEO of its internet TV venture, according to reports.


Last week the broadcast infrastructure operator agreed to buy the technology assets of Project Kangaroo for an estimated £8m ( 24 July 2009).

Arqiva plans to use the technology to launch a video-on-demand service in the US.

Sebert has worked as director of the rights negotiation and multimedia channel development company Reel Enterprises since September 2006. He was previously MD of British Eurosport for four years.

A spokesman for Arqiva told new media age, “We’re recruiting the team but it’s too early to confirm any appointments.”

Project Kangaroo, the joint venture between BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, was blocked by the Competition Commission.

Arqiva, owned by a consortium of investors led by Macquarie Communications Infrastruture Group, counts BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and BSkyB among its major customers.

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