Project Canvas shortlists two for chairman's role

Candidates to come from outside broadcasting industry, say sources

Project Canvas, the BBC backed IPTV venture, has reportedly shortlisted two candidates for its chairmanship.

According to sources close to the recruitment process, which is being handled by headhunters Russell Reynolds, both of the candidates are from outside the broadcasting industry.

The source indicated that former Virgin Media chief Malcolm Wall, and ITV director of corporate development and strategy, Carolyn Fairbairn -- who were tipped as possible contenders -- have been ruled out.

The selected candidate will work with Russell Reynolds to find a chief executive to lead the project. It is believed that a brief for the role has already been circulated among industry professionals.

Project Canvas aims to develop a new internet-enabled digital TV service, which will serve as an upgrade to both Freesat and Freeview.

The BBC Trust is expected to give its final approval next week.