On the back of UKTV’s most successful year in their 20 year history, the company has unveiled plans to expand their Technology and Operations teams.
The expansion will see the creation of three new senior roles, including a director level role overseeing all of Technology and Operations, a Head of Operations and a VOD Architect, TVWise has learned.
The announcement comes mere weeks after the company promoted CFO Jan Gooze-Zijl to the position of Chief Financial & Operations Officer – with this expansion of the team being one of the first moves the exec has made since adding oversight of Technology and Operations to his remit.
The Director of Technology and Operations will report directly to Jan Gooze-Zijl and will work closely with the board to set out and implement UKTV’s strategic vision for excellence in those areas. The exec who fills the role will also have responsibility for creating the architecture that will allow UKTV’s continued growth.
“UKTV’s unparalleled growth in a declining broadcast market has been led by innovation and creativity. I want to create a gold standard operating model for operations and technology that will allow UKTV to realise its strategic objectives as it continues its trajectory of strong growth”, said Jan Gooze-Zijl. “The expansion of the Technology and Operations teams will help us to outpace the market on innovative technology to drive viewing and revenue, increase efficiency within our linear channels business and enact a dynamic step change for our digital services.”
The recent moves, including the promotion of Jan Gooze-Zijl, are designed to continue the growth trajectory of UKTV, who in 2013 reported record revenue of £278 million and currently ranks as the UK’s fastest growing commercial broadcaster. “This expansion reflects UKTV’s ongoing success and allows us to build on the network’s reputation for being commercially strategic and delivering innovation”, added Gooze-Zijl.