How Jordan invented the iPlayer (sort of)

Charlotte Higgins’ excellent series on the BBC’s past, present and future has unearthed some gems; take this, for example, from her last-but-one instalment:

[BBC iPlayer] was the product, so BBC folk memory goes, of a drunken night out in 2003 after a digital worker got into trouble posting an inappropriate photograph of the model Katie Price on the BBC3 website. Requiring a redemptive idea to stave off disgrace, he and colleagues came up with the notion of a video-on-demand service for the channel. Four years and 86 internal meetings later, the iPlayer was born.

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