The BBC on Tuesday announced Matthew Postgate as its new chief technology officer (CTO), almost a year after former CTO John Linwood was fired from the company over the failure of £100 million Digital Media Initiative (DMI) in 2013.
Postgate, who has been working as BBC’s research and development controller, will take over the reins on July 28, from Peter Coles who stepped in as interim CTO post Linwood’s departure last year.
Postgate will report to Anne Bulford, the BBC’s MD of finance and operations and will be responsible for overseeing the BBC’s technology requirements including the company’s broadcast and enterprise technology infrastructure as well as internal IT requirements.
Announcing Postgate’s appointment Bulford said Postgate is a technology expert and knows how much crucial the role is. With all the qualities needed to excel in this position, he is sure to bring a lot of innovation, expertise and value to the company. She also thanked interim CTO Peter Coles for his excellent stewardship.
Postgate in a statement said, “It’s been a huge honour for me to lead a number of teams within BBC Future Media. They are the best in the business and leaders in their field, just look at the BBC’s World Cup UHD trials, but opportunities like this are rare and I didn’t want it to pass me by. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in Technology.”