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BT Vision chief quits

June 12, 2009

The chief executive of BT Vision, Dan Marks, has quit to pursue his own interests. IPTV service BT Vision is at the heart of the UK telco’s efforts to move beyond traditional phone services. But Marks warned that without an acceleration to Ofcom’s review of the pay-TV sector, enabling BT to access BSkyB’s premium film and Premiership football content "on reasonable terms", it would be "quite challenging" for BT Vision to meet its 2 million -3 million subscriber target by 2011.

Marks, who is also deputy managing director of BT Consumer, joined from Universal Studios in 2005. He is the second CEO to leave after founding exec Andrew Burke, now at Amino. Many observers have questioned BT’s real level of commitment to IPTV, believing it’s approach is entirely focussed on preserving voice and broadband customers.

Marc Watson, director of content and business development at BT, is to replace Marks as CEO.

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