YouTube hires ITVs Bateson to head European marketing
YouTube has appointed ITV director of viewer marketing Anna Bateson as its European marketing director.
She will join the video-sharing site in May to grow the YouTube brand across Europe, as well as develop commercial opportunities.
Bateson – who joined ITV in 2006 having previously been VP of marketing at MTV- arrives at YouTube a month after its UK head, Jonathan Gillespie, left to become commercial director of GMG Radio.
YouTube owner Google has recently stepped up its attempts to monetise the site, rolling out a series of new and revamped home-page ads last month (nma.co.uk 19 January 2009).
In November YouTube launched Sponsored Videos, a video ad auction model similar to Google’s AdWords search product (nma.co.uk 13 November 2008).
Last month it also began trialing video downloads.
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