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21 September 2012 | Adam Leach
Jamie Hindhaugh, the man responsible for the BBC’s production operation for the London 2012 Olympic Games, is to become chief operating officer of the new BT sports channel.
Hindhaugh, who combined the duties of head of production for the Games with his existing role of head of sourcing, production resources, logistics and operations at the broadcaster, will be responsible for launching the channel and overseeing day-to-day operations while also ensuring it runs efficiently. He will start his new role at BT in mid-October.
From next year, the new channel will show a quarter of Premier League football matches, along with providing exclusive coverage of Premiership rugby. Commenting on the new position, Hindhaugh, who is also a past chairman of the Institute of Travel & Meetings, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and really addresses the ‘where do you go from there?’ question after the London 2012 Olympics.”
Marc Watson, CEO at BT Vision, said in a statement: “I’m delighted Jamie is joining us as chief operating officer of the new channel. He’ll help us set up and deliver a quality broadcast channel, which will be distributed across a wide range of platforms.”
Hindhaugh first joined the BBC in 1994 where he worked as a booking clerk in the BBC transport team. More recently he has been responsible for sourcing post-production and graphics, and also in charge of logistics across the whole of the transport department.