The BBC’s Director of Future Media and Technology, Erik Huggers, is leaving for pastures Intel.
He joined the Beeb back in 2007 and has since been responsible for overseeing all things online, including the iPlayer, interactive TV, mobile and various other technological projects.
He’s been snapped up by Intel as Corporate VP and General Manager of the company’s Digital Home Group, which will involve a move to California.
Huggers will leave some big shoes to fill, so Auntie Beeb has decided to put one man in each shoe. In other words, rather than replace Huggers directly, his position is to be split into two roles, according to a report in the Guardian.
Ralph Rivera will become Head of Future Media, which will deal with the likes of the iPlayer, whereas John Linwood will head up a Technology division to cover the “underlying technology” which drives the BBC.