Project Canvas have appointed Kip Meek as the chairman of the board to lead the venture forward. He will also oversee the appointment of a new CEO. Meek was previously rumoured to be taking the role and his appointment therefore doesn't come as a surprise. He will step down from his current positions including non-executive positions at the Broadband Stakeholder Group and with Phorm. Meek is familiar to the industry, previously being an Ofcom official and linked with helping to negotiate mobile spectrum negotiations.
"Internet technology creates unlimited choice and can also give people real control over what they watch, and when they watch it.
Project Canvas will integrate the broadcast and on-demand worlds to make this possible via the TV. It will also allow third-party business models to thrive through an open platform, bringing the benefits of next-generation TV to anyone who wants it.
With the backing of these six substantial partners, we have the opportunity to transform television. I look forward to working with the board and the executive team to make this happen."Kip Meek, (Chairman) Project Canvas
The Register who previously had concerns over Meek joining Canvas whilst still holding a position at Phorm has pointed out some other lackings at Canvas. When the BBC Trust announced approval of Canvas last month, they stated that within 20 working days they expected the core Canvas specs to be published, but this hasn't yet been done due to it not being complete. Some manufacturers are however believed to be building Canvas boxes already so this isn't hampering development of the platform.