BT Vision chief Dan Marks quits

Unit remains far below subscriber targets

LONDON -- BT Vision chief executive Dan Marks has quit the telco's digital television and VOD platform after the unit failed to even come close to meeting its subscriber targets. He will be replaced by deputy Marc Watson.

Citing the dominance of BSkyB over sports rights, Marks said the three-year-old BT Vision service had failed to attract consumers because of "very big issues with pay TV."

Also hitting out at regulators, Marks said there was "frustration across BT that [media regulator] Ofcom has failed to engage the dominance of Sky in live Premiership football," speaking in an interview with the Telegraph newspaper.

Marks, who launched BT Vision in 2006, forecast that the platform would achieve around three million subscribers by next year. It has signed fewer than 500,000.

Project Canvas, BT's joint venture on-demand platform with the BBC and ITV, has also been mired in regulatory delay.

Marks, a former Vivendi Universal and Homechoice executive, said he was leaving BT Vision in "a good position."
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