Digital UK has a new boss. David Scott has been appointed Chief Executive and will charged will guiding the UK through the analogue to digital TV transition when he takes up the post in February. He takes over from Ford Ennals, who has led Digital UK since it was established in 2005, and is moving to Nike.
Scott is no stranger to big TV projects. He was one of the original management team behind the launch of Channel 4. Digital UK Chairman Barry Cox says: “I’m delighted that David is taking on leadership of this important national project. He has been closely involved in switchover, both during his time at Channel 4 and more recently on the board of Digital UK. His understanding of the unique challenges of this project, combined with his many years of wider broadcasting experience will ensure the process continues to be expertly managed and viewers are kept well informed.”Says Scott: “Delivering digital television switchover is probably one of the most exciting and challenging roles in UK broadcasting. It will change forever the television landscape and the viewing experience for millions of households and ensure everyone can share in the benefits of digital TV. Switchover got off to a good start in the lead switchover area of Whitehaven last month. My top priority will be to lead the Digital UK team in making sure we and our partners deliver an equally smooth and successful switch to digital television in every part of the country.”