November 10, 2008 / 4:21 PM / 10 years ago

Highfield leaves Kangaroo for Microsoft

LONDON (Reuters) - Ashley Highfield has stepped down as chief executive of Project Kangaroo, the video-on-demand service from Britain’s three main terrestrial broadcasters which has been held up by regulators over competition concerns.

Highfield said in a statement he was leaving to join Microsoft as Managing Director and VP of Consumer and Online UK.

He was previously the BBC’s director of future media and technology before leaving to join Kangaroo in April this year.

Project Kangaroo is a joint venture between ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 which is currently under investigation by Britain’s competition watchdog.

The project had been set for launch later this year and the broadcasters are hoping it will reach younger people spending more time on the Internet. The competition watchdog is now expected to report its findings early next year.

Kangaroo said Rod Henwood, currently lead regulatory adviser at the group, had been appointed interim CEO.

Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by David Cowell

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