21st Century Fox names technology chief

21st Century Fox has named News Corp chief technology officer and former BBC digital media chief Paul Cheesbrough as its new CTO. According to the media group, Cheesbrough will head up company-wide information technology strategy and play a leadership role in driving its investments in technology, platforms and systems globally. The enterprise technology leaders of […]

Facebook CTO: VR will ‘erase geographic boundaries’

Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, has described virtual reality (VR) as a “transformational technology” that will “erase geographic boundaries”. Speaking at the Code Conference in California this week, Schroepfer said that VR was one of three core components to Facebook’s 10-year roadmap – alongside artificial intelligence and connecting even more people to the web. […]

Comcast invests in ex-DreamWorks exec’s VR start-up

Comcast has led a round of investment in Spaces, a VR firm founded by entrepreneurs including Brad Herman, the former CTO of DreamWorks, the animation studio recently acquired by Comcast. The cabler’s investment arm, Comcast Ventures, led the US$3 million funding round. Spaces will be run by video games veteran Shiraz Akmal as CEO, alongside […]

Kabel Deutschland names new CTO as Glatz departs

Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has named Frank Hellemink as its new chief technology officer, replacing Lorenz Glatz, according to local press. According to German trade publication Digital Insider, which first reported that Glatz was to leave the company, Kabel Deutschland confirmed Hellemink’s appointment late yesterday afternoon, stating that Glatz had decided to leave […]

YouView appoints Cisco’s Thexton as CTO

UK connected TV platform YouView has appointed Cisco executive, Nick Thexton, as its new chief technology officer.  Thexton, Cisco’s vice president and CTO for its video software solutions group, is due to start his new role on November 3. He takes over from Chris Bramley, who was appointed YouView CTO in September 2011. He joined […]

Ziggo CTO Paul Hendriks to step down

Ziggo’s chief technology officer Paul Hendriks is due to step down on September 1, after six years at the firm. Announcing the departure in its second quarter earnings announcement, the Dutch cable operator said that it will appoint Kamran Ziaee as chief information officer on an interim basis, and moving forward will have a different […]

Eutelsat appoints new CTO

Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has upped its director of engineering, Yohann Leroy, to chief technology officer.  Leroy takes over from Raphaël Mussalian, who will stay on as special advisor on technology strategy, reporting to Eutelsat CEO and chairman Michel de Rosen. As CTO, Leroy will be lead Eutelsat’s in-orbit expansion programme, including satellite procurement, launches […]

BBC ups R&D controller to chief technology officer

The BBC has appointed controller of research and development, Matthew Postgate, as its new chief technology officer.  Postgate, who starts his new role effective July 28, takes over from acting CTO Peter Coles who has held the position since May 2013. Coles took over from former CTO John Linwood, who left the post after the […]

Intel CTO steps down, CEO cautious on TV move

Intel’s chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs, Justin Rattner, is stepping down from his current role.  Intel said that the move was required by Intel’s corporate bylaws, which say that Intel employees may not serve as corporate officers past the age of 65. Rattner, who joined the company in 1973, is due to […]

Freesat appoints CTO

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has appointed Nagra’s vice president of product marketing, Matthew Huntington, as chief technology officer. Hungtinton is due to take up his post on May 1 and will report directly to Freesat MD Emma Scott. He will also work closely alongside Freesat’s director of product development, Dan Chronnell, who is responsible for […]