Michael Stevenson, the former joint director of factual learning at the BBC who resigned from his position early this year (see RealScreen Plus, January 30, 2003), has accepted a position as the new director of strategy and communications for the U.K. government’s Department for Education and Skills. Stevenson left the BBC amid controversy regarding the pubcaster’s application to the government to offer a digital curriculum to schools. His new appointment will take effect in June.
Organizers of the 24th Banff Television Festival (June 8 to 13) in Canmore, Canada, announced the members of the jury for this year’s Banff Rockie Awards. The jury will be led by Trina McQueen, the former president and COO of Canadian broadcaster CTV. She is also known as the founder and former president of the Discovery Channel, Canada. The other jury members are Caroline Behar (acquisitions and international co-productions for France 5, France); Graham Benson (chairman of Blue Heaven Productions, U.K.; David Bianculli (TV critic for National Public Radio, U.S.); Glenda Hambly (director and producer of film and TV, Australia); Masaru Ikeo (executive producer, science and environment program for NHK, Japan); and Gudrun Kjellberg (former acquistions executive for SVT, Sweden).
The Prague, Czech Republic-based European Cable Communications Association has elected John Riordan as its new president. Riordan, currently president and CEO of Amsterdam, Netherlands-based United Pan-Europe Communications, will replace the outgoing Henk de Goede, who is the MD of Dutch cable company Casema, based in The Hague.