ATVOD appoints three new directors

Posted: March 22, 2012

Regulatory body the Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) has announced the appointment of three new directors: Gidon Freeman, Sophie Jones and Chris Ratcliff.

Gidon Freeman is director of regulatory and government affairs at NBC Universal International and he works on regulation and government affairs issues across NBC Universal’s various businesses internationally; Sophie Jones is head of corporate relations at Channel 4 where she is responsible for public policy, regulatory affairs and stakeholder communications; Chris Ratcliff is programming director for Portland TV and was previously MD of adult distribution company Hot Rod Productions. He joined Portland TV in 2007 to manage Portland’s adult broadcasting output and their respective on demand services.

The new appointments replace Simon Hunt (of Virgin Media), Simon Milner (formerly of BT) and Chris Loweth (formerly of Channel 5).

Welcoming the appointments, ATVOD chair Ruth Evans said: “We are delighted that Gidon, Sophie and Chris have agreed to join the Board. Between them they offer a wealth of experience in a variety of areas and will help to ensure that ATVOD understands the perspectives of the wide range of service providers who fall within ATVOD’s remit as we work to ensure that consumers enjoy the regulatory protection provided for in law.”