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Microsoft vet tapped for BBC post

Erik Huggers named director of media, tech

A former Microsoft topper is being tipped as the BBC’s new director of future media and technology.

Erik Huggers, who joined the pubcaster as group controller of future media and technology in May 2007, is expected to succeed Ashley Highfield, who is now running U.K. broadband TV initiative Kangaroo.

Huggers’ appointment to this crucial role, which oversees the bbc.co.uk website and the much-lauded iPlayer TV catch-up service, is expected to be announced in the next few days.

Previously he had worked at Microsoft for nine years, setting up MSM in the Netherlands and Belgium, running business development for Windows Media technologies and guiding strategy for the software giant’s entertainment business.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Huggers was employed by Endemol as director of business development in the interactive division.

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