CIO Straight Talk - Issue 11 - 18

One of the
world's oldest
broadcasters is
carefully leveraging
technology to
compete for eyeshare in the new
world of video
- and learning
valuable lessons
along the way.


s Director of Technology at BBC, I lead
a talented team that serves both the Studio
and Public Service organizations with the most
relevant and sometimes latest technologies
(more on that below). We do this across a variety
of high-level departments - Content Production
& Distribution, HR, Finance, Sales, and Marketing,
to name just a few.
I arrived at the BBC five years ago, but I've
worked in technology for more than three
decades-first at IBM in the '80s, later for high
finance in the '90s, and ultimately through
the problems of "Y2K" and the dot-com era.
Fun fact: As an entrepreneur at the turn of the
century, I worked with an amazing team on a
video-on-demand product that was going to
make us all millionaires. Since it was 10 years
ahead of its time, however, we didn't become
millionaires. Yes, that went horribly wrong.
What didn't go wrong, however, are the many
lessons I've learned at the BBC and over the
course of my career, which have served me well.
A few of them follow:

The television production industry is going
through a huge change. BBC Studios was
formed as a response to what's going on in
the marketplace, namely the rise of Netflix,


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