The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed Simon Fell to the role of director of technology and innovation.

He will replace Lieven Vermaele, who in January announced his departure after six years in the post.

Fell, who is the chairman of the Technical Council at the Digital Television Group, was previously director of future technologies and controller of emerging technologies at ITV.

From mid- August, he will be responsible for driving media innovation and integration, setting standards and defining and sharing best practices in media production and delivery.