The Association for Television on Demand

ATVOD appoints ITV lawyer as Director

News article: 6th October 2014


Nicola Phillips, Head of Legal, ITV Brands, Interactive, Online & On Demand for ITV to join the ATVOD Board

The Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) today announces the appointment of Nicola Phillips as Non-Independent Board Member and Director.


Nicola Phillips has a wealth of experience of the video on demand sector and related regulatory issues having worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Team at law firm Dentons before joining ITV in 2008.  ITV is the provider of the ITV Player on-demand programme service, the largest commercial broadcaster VOD service in the UK. Nicola will ensure that the ATVOD Board continues to enjoy the benefit of legal expertise and also brings practical experience of a broad range of content, accessibility and child protection issues.


Nicola will take up her appointment at the beginning of November. She will replace Sophie Jones, who is temporarily stepping down from the ATVOD Board while she is on maternity leave from Channel 4. 


ATVOD is currently recruiting for two further Non-Independent Directors to replace Daniel Austin of BSkyB – who stood down last month after four and a half years – and Gidon Freeman of NBC Universal – who will leave the Board at the end of the year having served since early 2012.


Welcoming Nicola’s appointment, ATVOD Chair Ruth Evans said:


“We are delighted that Nicola has agreed to join the Board. She offers a wealth of experience in the video on demand sector and will help to ensure that ATVOD fully understands the legal issues which impact on our work. Her experience of working on content, accessibility and child protection issues will also 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 Sophie Jones – who Nicola replaces - for her outstanding contribution to the development of ATVOD over the past two and a half years. We hope that she will return to the ATVOD Board following her maternity leave.”