– Arqiva: The broadcast transmission company has appointed John Keeling, the former controller and COO of UKTV, as platform controller for its forthcoming consumer VOD service, being prepared with the remains of Project Kangaroo. He’ll be overseeing all programming, marketing and hiring as well as the the development of the yet-to-be-unveiled brand. Keeling worked as an executive at BSkyB (NYSE: BSY) and sat on the boards of both BBC Vision and UKTV. Release.
— Emap Inform: Simon Middleboe, CEO of the B2B publisher is to leave after more than 25 years with the firm. The company says the move is related to a drive to cut management costs and it is though that Emap CEO David Gilbertson will take a more hands-on role in running the division. From PG.
— Wellington Partners Venture Capital: Euro tech VC house Wellington Capital Partners has appointed Christian Reitberger as a general partner, making him the sixth partner in the company’s technology team. A longstanding angel investor in the tech sector and a former partner at Apax Partners’ tech & telecom group, he will keep a focus on the clean tech environment. Release (pdf).
— WSJ Europe: News Corp.’s financial title is adding more staff in Europe: former Telegraph Media Group group executive Iain Martin becomes deputy editor under European editor-in-chief Patience Wheatcroft. Other London appointments include former WSJ,com day editor Tim Hanrahan who becomes responsible for print and web editorial output; Jennifer Hicks, formerly WSJ.com night desk editor who is now charged with developing Europe.WSJ.com under its editor Neil McIntosh. Dow Jones (NYSE: NWS) now has more than 400 staff in Europe.
— Bauer: Bauer Consumer Media has promoted Julian Linley, editor of celebrity mag Heat, to the new role of creative director for the lifestyle and entertainment division, with a specific task of building spin-off TV channels based on magazine brands. The company, which publishes FMH in the UK and lads’ mag Zoo has production deals with Endemol, Prospect Pictures and Talkback Thames. Two projects are already thought to have attracted backing from broadcasters. Via PG.