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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by makisushi, Sep 28, 2004.
Funny being as how the BBC is the absolute worst place to go for tech news.
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Must've gotten slashdotted or something.
Jobs was #2, #1 was some douche from the BBC's tech department.
No. 1 Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology, BBC
Last year's position: Not placed
Hearing the silicon.com Agenda Setters 2004 poll has been won by 38-year-old Ashley Highfield is likely to elicit the same response from a great many people: "Who?"
Highfield joined the BBC in 2000 and is in charge of the corporation's online and cross platform content and his impact has been considerable. His position atop the poll is evidence of the regard in which the panel holds the BBC and their belief that the corporation's global reach is truly setting the agenda - in terms of innovation, penetration and ambition.
Highfield has a view of a 100 per cent digital Britain and is committed to the idea that the BBC will be the driving force behind the realisation of that vision.
He will also have to handle more than his fair share of criticism in a job that requires a thick skin and broad shoulders. Constant calls for change and a need to repeatedly justify the vast budget he controls means Highfield will never be far from the politics which are part and parcel of any job within the BBC.
Our panel sees Highfield's success so far as the reason new media's been put on equal footing with the BBC TV and radio divisions and expects he'll be in a particularly hot spotlight over the next two years in the run-up to BBC's Charter review.
Highfield is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and special advisor and committee member of the Science Museum in London. His background is in pay-TV, working for Flextech where he was managing director of Flextech Interactive. Following the company's merger with Telewest he also took over the running of Blueyonder, the cable giant's broadband service.
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Do non-Mac users vote for Steve?
How did that guy get to number one? Seriously
"Highfield has a view of a 100 per cent digital Britain and is committed to the idea that the BBC will be the driving force behind the realisation of that vision."
Something is wrong with that "vision"...
Ballot stuffing from his co-workers or him. Their poll won't mean jack anymore. He probably won't work for BBC anymore next year because he will put that on his resume and find a better job.
i wish they would post where their data came from. looking at the site, the readers poll is differen from their own list. usually in stuff like this they poll people in the industry, but they do not say where they collected their data.
We all know what Steve Jobs has done to influence the computer field.
The article admits that most people don't know this Ashley Highfield's accomplishments, and is itself rather vague on what they are. Everything else in the article is about what he plans to do.
Sorry, I'll stick with Steve.
oh booo hooo so another yank isn't number 1 **** the BBC has does more for technology developement than ^most^ other companies.... I don't think his vision is flawed, we don't even use analogue tv or radio in our home now, we have two digital satelite receivers each with twin tuners and hard disk recorders built in and the other tv's have digital tuners for tv. We also have 2 DAB receivers and Im getting DAB fitted in my car..... this is inline with most of the UK publics move from analogue to digital.
Just goto the BBC website and see how many foreign people post on the message boards, seems like its the only decent news company about.
It's not because it isn't a "yank", or even that Steve Jobs is only #2. It's because some guy no ones ever heard of is #1 based on what he might do sometime in the future. And the poll says nothing about how they reached this conclusion. Steve is there for reason. Even Bill and Linus have their place on that list. But the very fact that they even say that most people will ask "who?" proves this is just another meaningless online poll. It would be different if he did something important that everbody else is copying, or set the new standards. As it is, he's just some guy running some company's media dept. Call us when he actually does something really important, especially on a more global basis.
Google him. There's not really that much. At least, not enough for him to qualify as #1.