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October 21, 2010

BBC strengthens digital media division with new director

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by Janet Harris

The BBC has appointed a new director of digital media to help develop new services based on cutting edge technology.

Ralph Rivera will bring a wealth of experience to his new role as Director, Digital Media, Future Media & Technology at the BBC, effective from 8 November 2010.

He joins the BBC from Major League Gaming in New York, where he was online president, and prior to this he worked at AOL for more than a decade, where he was involved with various projects including the company’s Games and Latino business.

At the BBC he will report to Erik Huggers, Director of BBC Future Media & Technology.

His remit will cover all the BBC’s digital media products on the web, mobile devices and internet-connected TV platforms.

Ralph Rivera, who is from the USA, said: “The BBC is held in incredibly high regard in the US.

“There is no other organisation in the world that has the sheer quality of content, heritage in engineering, and will to harness innovation for the benefit of the wider public.

“The BBC iPlayer has already transformed TV on the web, but that’s just a hint of what’s possible. I can’t wait to get started.”

It was also announced today that the government has ordered the BBC to contribute £530m from the TV licence fee by 2015, to help fund superfast broadband in rural areas.

By 2017 it could be expected to contribute £830m.

Pilot projects, involving collaborations between the public and private sectors, will be run in the Highlands and Islands, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Herefordshire.

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