The Association for Television on Demand

ATVOD appoints Robin Foster as Independent Director

News article: 19th May 2014


Economist  with wealth of media regulation experience joins ATVOD Board

The Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) today announces the appointment of Robin Foster as Independent Board Member and Director.

An economist specialising in policy, strategy and regulation in the media and telecommunications sectors, Robin Foster is a founder member of consultants Communications Chambers.  

Robin has previous experience as a strategy partner at Ofcom, helping to establish Ofcom and playing a key role in Ofcom’s first major strategic reviews of public service broadcasting, telecommunications and spectrum. Prior to this, at the Independent Television Commission, he led the strategy and economics team. As strategy director at the BBC, he led the development of strategy for digital TV and the internet. At economic consultants, NERA, he set up the telecommunications and broadcasting practice in London.

He has been an adviser to the UK House of Lords Communications Committee, was a member of the UK Government’s Digital Britain steering board and led the Global Communications Consortium research programme on broadcast and telecommunications regulation at London Business School. He is also a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the ComReg Expert Advisory Panel.

Robin replaces Julia Hornle who left the Board in March.
Welcoming the appointment, ATVOD Chair Ruth Evans said:
“We are delighted that Robin has joined the Board. He has a very strong commitment to co-regulation and the protection of the consumer interest, an impressive track record as a media regulator and strategist, and a thorough understanding of how the media sector is developing and the challenges and opportunities that presents for ATVOD. His experience and expertise will help us to ensure that users of on demand services enjoy the regulatory protection provided for in law.
We would also like to express our thanks to Julia Hornle – who Robin replaces - for her outstanding contribution to the development of ATVOD over the past four years. ”