Jun 2003 – Mar 2005 – London, United Kingdom
I joined UKTV as their first web developer while they were using an of the shelf CMS called Affino from Emojo to manage the relatively small online portfolio (3 websites) with under 100,000 unique monthly users.
In the beginning I created loads of analytical data because they had no real analytic in place, neither about the usage of their sites and also not about the amount of content they actually had live on their websites.
The CMS now manages over 10 completely different websites to support all current UKTV channels: Gold, Dave, Good Food Channel, Yesterday, Blighty, Eden, Really, Watch, Alibi, and Home plus plenty of micro sites. All sites share main components and have additional business rules to cater for each specific site needs. E.g. each standard article contains of e.g. a title, teaser, image, etc – and on Good Food they have additional attributes like ingredients, methods, chef, etc, to form recipes.
The CMS is also capable of allowing the user to generate content by contributing their own recipes to the CMS and entering competitions where they can contribute with text, image or movie clips.
The website also connects to the On-Air system that looks after all programs hosted on secure BBC servers. This enables the CMS to distribute the TV listing to various Press companies as well as sharing other content with various other third party system – for analytical and commercial purposes.
Update September 2015:
Just before I left in April 2012 as Technical Manager UKTV decided to move away from my hand build ColdFusion CMS and use a third part company to rebuild the sites using Drupal.
It took me less then a year to build these websites almost single-handed and it took UKTV (and various third party companies & components) 4 years to rebuild all UKTV websites.
Recommendations for Marc working at UKTV as a Developer:
Marc was able to quickly sort out ’technical problems’ that would furrow another developer’s brow. He’s no pushover and great at interpreting what the project needs to ensure you get the right solution for your requirements. I really enjoyed working with him, he’s a top bloke!
Marc is a thorough, knowledgable technical lead who developed several complicated, innovative projects when we worked together at UKTV. In addition, he was extremely helpful and can-do in times of crisis - in fact I wish there were more developers like him!
It is a rare developer who is not only thorough, efficient, and really knows his stuff, but also has the patience to put up with last-minute changes, nagging producers, and stakeholders trying to ride roughshod over best practices. Having worked with Marc at a time when UKTV was launching several new products per month, I saw his patience and thoroughness tested often - yet he always remained committed to delivering the best possible product. I highly recommend Marc and would be happy to work with him again!
I had the pleasure of working with Marc back in 2004 - 2005 at UKTV, where I was hired as a freelance web developer. With our "extremely large" Coldfusion development team, consisting just me and Marc, we redesigned the whole UKTV's database table structure from the scratch and built a completely new CMS and user-frontend for the company. As far as I've understood, majority of that work is still in use at UKTV's public sites.
As a developer, Marc was one of those rare ones, who had the brains to do thinking outside the box _and_ the motivation to actually execute the plans perfectly. All that, added with the fact that he's a very nice person to work with makes him one of my all time favorite techies I've had luxury to work with during my 11+ year career as a Web professional.
UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers every month.
UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £278m, and EBITDA of £67.4m. It invested a record £125m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.