ONdigital loses key exex

Stanley to top b'casting

LONDON — ONdigital has suffered its second bout of turbulence with the departure of two key execs.

Off to greener pastures are Ashley Faull, the terrestrial TV platform’s programming head, and Jim Ratcliffe, the company’s commercial director.

Only six weeks ago, ONdigital lost former chief exec Stephen Grabiner, who was to head up a new Internet business for News Corp., but decided instead to go to the investment company Apax Partners.

Stuart Prebble, who had been managing director for TV channels and interactive services at Granada, replaced Grabiner. Granada and fellow ITV company Carlton co-own Ondigital.

New media for Faull

Faull — who was responsible for securing the rights to UEFA Champions League soccer, a key driver of ONdigital’s development — is setting up a new media venture, possibly with other staff poised to exit ONdigital.

Replacing Faull as ONdigital’s director of broadcasting is Graeme Stanley, the head of programming at cabler Cable & Wireless Communications. Nick Bowman will become director of customer services. Bowman is an internal appointment.

‘New phase’

A spokesperson stressed that ONdigital is doing well and that the company is simply “moving into a new phase” given that Prebble is now in charge. One insider described the broadcaster as “not in bad shape.”

ONdigital currently has around 300,000 subscribers. The most recent figure for rival SkyDigital, satcaster BSkyB’s platform, is 1.2 million.