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Digital UK senior appointments

January 28, 2016

Digital UK has announced two senior appointments as the company responds to the opportunities of an increasingly connected TV world.

James Jackson has been promoted to Technology Director. Previously Delivery Director for Connected TV at Digital UK, James has been responsible for programme management of Freeview Play and will now lead technical development of the new hybrid TV service, while also overseeing wider technical management of the DTT platform.

Prior to joining Digital UK in June 2015, Jackson was Head of Distribution Strategy for the BBC and has held a number of senior roles within the BBC’s distribution and technology teams.

A second appointment sees Kate Macefield take on a new role leading the co-ordination of forthcoming major spectrum changes. As Programme Director for 700MHz Clearance, she will manage the move of Freeview channels to new airwaves to free up frequencies for the next generation of mobile broadband services. Previously Broadcast Director at Digital UK, Macefield oversaw the successful spectrum moves to enable the current rollout of 4G services across the UK.

The company changes will also see Michelle Brownrigg, Operations Director, take on wider responsibilities across a range of areas, including viewer support and EPG management.

The moves follow development of connected TV service Freeview Play, which launched in October 2015, and the growth of HD services on Freeview. Digital UK is now gearing up for the next wave of developments and a continuing drive towards spectrum-efficient standards.

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