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Erik Huggers leaves White City for Silicon Valley

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Erik Huggers has quit his new media and technology role at the BBC for a job with chip maker Intel.

The one-time Microsoft exec, who joined the Beeb in May 2007, steered Auntie's iPlayer strategy and oversaw the corporation's online estate, which is now undergoing budget cuts and a significant webpage cull.

BBC Director-General Mark Thompson told staff that Huggers would leave at the end of February to take on the job of vice-president and general manager of Intel's digital home group.

Two men will replace Huggers, Thompson confirmed yesterday. The BBC iPlayer or Future Media division is to be headed up by Ralph Rivera – the ex-AOLer who only joined the broadcaster in October.

John Linwood is to take charge of the BBC's technology wing in his newly-created role of CTO and will be responsible for its digital strategy. ®

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