The BBC has appointed Matthew Postgate (pictured) as its new chief technology officer (CTO), more than a year since the former permanent CTO John Linwood was fired over the failed £98m Digital Media Initiative (DMI) in 2013.
Postgate was previously the BBC’s research and development controller, and his appointment will see interim CTO Peter Coles step down after he took on the role in the wake of Linwood’s departure last year.
Postgate will be responsible for overseeing the BBC’s technology strategy, which includes the both the BBC’s broadcast systems and and enterprise technology infrastructure.
Postgate already had experience working on the technology at the BBC, with his current role overseeing innovations around new areas such as the world’s first ultra-high definition (4K) broadcasts over internet and digital terrestrial television technologies.
Postgate said he was honoured to take up the role, despite having to give up his existing position. “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.”
Postgate will report to managing director of Finance and Operations, Anne Bulford, who was upbeat on his appointment. “Postgate knows technology, he knows the BBC and he knows how crucial this role is for the BBC. He has all the qualities needed to excel in this position and I know he will bring innovation, expertise and value to the BBC,” she said.
Postgate will take up his new role on 28 July.