Meek replaces Huggers as Project Canvas chairman

Kip Meek is the new non-executive chariman of Project Canvas, the IPTV joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva.

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He will replace BBC director of Future Media & Technology Erik Huggers, who has been acting project chair for the last year.

Meek will lead the board and oversee the appointment of a new CEO, who will be responsible fot the day-to-day operational running of the organisation.

Meek will leave his full-time role at Ingenious Media, where he was direcor of the board, and his non-executive positions at the Broadband Stakeholder Group and Phorm.

“Internet technology creates unlimited choice and can give people real control over what they watch and when they watch it,” he said. “Project Canvas will integrate the broadcast and on-demand worlds to make this possible via the TV. It will also allow third-party business models to thrive through an open platform, bringing the benefits of next-generation TV to anyone.”

Huggers said, “Project Canvas is of huge importance to the digital media industry because it will secure the future of free-to-air broadcasting in the digital age. This is a major moment for a project started by the BBC and developed in partnership with the wider industry.”

Previously Meek chaired the European Regulators Group at Ofcom and played a leading role in establishing BT’s operationally independent infrastructure company Openreach. Before joining Ofcom, he was MD of Spectrum Strategy Consultants.

Earlier this month Five pulled out of Project Canvas 9 July 2010.

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

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