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BBC loses digital commissioning boss

Simon Nelson leaves after 14 years; may not be replaced

The BBC's controller of multiplatform commissioning, Simon Nelson, is to part ways with the multimedia corporation at the end of this year.

While Nelson boasts a great many achievements from his 14 years at the BBC, most recently he has been heavily involved in approving the Dr Who games on PC and (soon) Wii.

Nelson was also involved in commissioning the technology that ultimately became the BBC iPlayer.

He may not be replaced per se, claimed The Guardian, with BBC Archive director Roly Keating slated to fill his commissioning shoes in addition to his existing duties.

"Simon has proved to be an advocate of digital media and an architect of future commissioning and production structures," claimed BBC Vision director Jana Bennet.

"Simon has decided that it's time for a fresh challenge and will be stepping down from his role at the end of the year to make a move back to the commercial sector."

It is not yet known if this means a rival broadcasting firm or further into digital media.

In recent years, Nelson was also a regular speaker at games industry conferences in the UK.

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