BBC's Huggers poached by Intel

THE BBC’s technology chief Erik Huggers has been poached by chipmaker Intel.

In a major blow for the corporation, Huggers will move to Silicon Valley at the end of February, to become corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s digital home group.

Huggers, who oversaw huge growth in the BBC’s iPlayer during his four years at the broadcaster, will not be directly replaced, according to an internal BBC memo.

Huggers is following in the footsteps of his predecessor Ashley Highfield, the architect of the iPlayer, who left the BBC for Microsoft in November 2008.