The BBC’s head of technology Erik Huggers has announced he is leaving the corporation to head up Intel's Digital Home group.

In an official statement from Intel, the company says that Erik Huggers will serve as corporate vice president and general manager of the company’s Digital Home Group and become a member of Intel’s Management Committee.

“Erik Huggers’ proven track record of managing a variety of digital media businesses will be an extraordinary asset to Intel’s digital home initiative,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “Erik’s background and vision for delivering new platforms, interactive content and services to consumers are an outstanding fit for Intel, and I am thrilled to welcome such a talented person to drive this key strategic business for Intel.  We look forward to him joining our team.”

Huggers joined the BBC in 2007 and is responsible for delivering BBC content over the Internet, interactive TV and mobile, helping audiences enjoy programming using a wide variety of devices from any location.

He is also responsible for managing the BBC's Broadcast and Enterprise Technology Group and BBC Archives, as well as leading the BBC's Research and Development activities.

Earlier on Tuesday the BBC posted details about record viewing numbers of its iPlayer platform with millions of Brits tuning into the on-demand service over Christmas.  

According to figures released by the BBC, there was a total of 145 million requests for TV and radio programmes on the iPlayer in December 2010, the third month in a row that the VOD service broke its total number of requests record. Year-on-year, this was an increase of 27 per cent.

Of this 145 million, requests for TV programmes were at an all time high of 89.7 million with BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media seeing a new record of 23.9 million requests received and requests for programmes via the PS3 reaching 7 million, which is an increase of 31 per cent month-on-month.