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BBC iPlay creator gets royal seal of approval

DIGITAL DON: Tony Ageh

ONE OF the co-creators of the BBC’s iPlayer project joins the accomplished list of high-achievers and community stalwarts named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Tony Ageh, who also launched Guide – the Guardian’s flagship listings and event magazine – and an early incarnation of Wired magazine where he worked as creative director, will receive an OBE for services to digital media.

The low-profile controller of the BBC’s archives who grew up in Walthamstow, east London, joined the broadcaster in 2002.

He has been praised by colleagues for his “passion for public service and talent for long-term thinking”.

Ageh is currently overseeing a project called Digital Public Space, which seeks to make the BBC’s archive material – including one million hours of footage and ten million stills – accessible to the public.

Earlier this year, he was named one of Britain’s most influential black people in the media and publishing industry by the 2015 Powerlist.

Dr Rob Berkeley, the recently-departed director of race equality think tank, Runnymede Trust, has been made an MBE for services to equality.

The Oxford graduate, whose doctoral thesis was on school exclusions, was appointed to the post in 2009.
He stepped down in February 2014 after 12 years at the organisation responsible for crucial research into racial discrimination in the UK.

Berkeley told The Voice: “It is a great honour to be recognised for services to equality; recognition that equality is crucial to our national success, and recognition of all the people that I’ve worked with at Runnymede and beyond who continue to struggle for a fairer society in which we all can thrive.”

Dr Pamela Bernard, the recently-appointed director of the Nigerian Community Assocation Bedfordshire CIC, has been honoured for her work. She receives an MBE for services to the African and Caribbean community in Bedford.

Professor Uduak Archibong, Professor of Equality at the University of Bradford has also been honoured with an MBE for services to higher education and equality.

Others featured on the list include SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards (MBE for services to music), former footballer and race equality campaigner Brendon Batson MBE (OBE for services to football) and Alva Guy Lambert, who received an MBE for services to the community, particularly the African Caribbean community in Sheffield.

Lambert is the founder of Syac Ltd, formerly known as the South Yorkshire African and Caribbean Business and Enterprise Training Centre.

Vivian Inez Archibald, deputy governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has been made a CBE in the diplomatic and overseas section of the Honours list, for services to public service in the BVI – one of Britain’s overseas territories.

Archibald was appointed to the position in 2008.

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