Beeb creates new global iPlayer post
The Worldwide wing of the BBC has hired Mark Smith as its global iPlayer launch director, in its latest attempt to get its video-on-demand service off the ground outside the UK.
That plan is scheduled for next year, but it needs approval first. So Smith’s job is presumably to push for approval of the overseas extension.
The Beeb’s Future Media and Technology boss Erik Huggers created the role. Smith’s hiring was an internal one – he had been the acting general manager for BBC programmes and on-demand with responsibility for BBC online products, including the iPlayer.
Prior to joining Auntie in 2008, Smith worked for rival television broadcaster BSkyB.
He will report to BBC.com managing director Luke Bradley-Jones, who said in a statement:
“We’re thrilled to have Mark on board. His proven knowledge and experience in on-demand programming is exactly what we need to lead this exciting yet complex project. This new service is a key strand of our multiplatform content strategy and a great new opportunity for British shows.”
Earlier this week the Beeb confirmed that it had hired Daniel Danker as its general manager for programmes and on-demand telly, effectively bringing Smith's acting role in that position to an end. ®
"just open it up for all of us BBC. We're all in the EU no?"
If everyone in the EU is going to buy a UK TV licence, I'm sure Aunty Beeb would be happy to do that.
The licence fee
Umm, 'cos they haven't paid for it?!?
"...uses the law as an excuse " - that's a cracking comment. My colleagues are currently trying to work out whether you mean that it's reasonable to use the law as an excuse not to steal, rape or murder.
They've already mentioned overseas users
A year or so ago they floated the idea of pay-per-programme download for overseas viewers. A sum of around 15 quid was mentioned.
As that is the price of a DVD of an entire BBC series in Aus I'm not sure float is the correct word to use (unless in the context of a turd).