The BBC has appointed John Linwood to the new role of chief technology officer, adding another level of management to the Aunty’s new media operations. Linwood joins from Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) where he was SVP of international engineering and was responsible for 1,600 staff outside the US — and will now have ultimate control over the “maintenance and technical infrastructure of all BBC output”, meaning that all layers of BBC staff and management will have to answer to him when it comes to technological or IT issues. It’s the latest appointment in future media and technology director Erik Huggers’ reorganisation of his division, which has also seen each BBC departments given their own tech staff rather than rely on a centralised team. A BBC spokeswoman assured me that Linwood won’t have seniority over or answer to people like future media controller Richard Titus or Anthony Rose, controller of vision and online, but will be focused on the day-to-day and long term technological aspects of the BBC.
Also announced today is the appointment is Peter Horrocks, currently head of the BBC’s multimedia newsroom, as director of the BBC World Service. Nigel Chapman is stepping down as World Service chief after more than 30 years. Horrocks, previously head of current affairs, oversaw the integration of BBC radio, TV and online journalists in the past four years. And he’s just taken over undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest broadcasting networks: the World Service transmits to 182 million people each week in 32 languages.