Anthony Rose is stepping down from his role as chief technology officer of YouView after just six months as part of a reorganisation of technical roles within the hybrid platform.
One of the architects of the BBC iPlayer, Rose will take an advisory capacity, with Youssef (Sef) Tuma becoming head of technical delivery. Tuma was previously a senior executive in Accenture’s Media & Entertainment and Cable industry groups where he took the lead in Accenture’s global Digital Media practice.
YouView CEO Richard Halton said the changes were about strengthening the organisation to ensure YouView is delivered on time. There have been industry mumblings that YouView might not be able to meet its launch schedule, currently slated for mid 2011.
“As we move into this next phase of our development I want to pay tribute to the brilliant work Anthony Rose has done to shape the consumer proposition and I am pleased that he has agreed to continue to advise the project,” said Halton. “We are delighted Sef is being seconded into our leadership team. He has a hugely impressive track record of successfully delivering major integration projects in our industry. We now have a highly experienced technical delivery team committed to developing an exciting new service.”
Also joining YouView is Andrew Burdess, formerly BT Vision operations director and head of service operations at NTL, who becomes operations director. He will take responsibility for the consumer facing aspects of the platform and the technical resilience of back end services.
The technology team has already defined the technical environment, built the user interface, established a framework for content providers and developed the core technical specifications for developing YouView set top boxes.