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Blurred Vision at BT

10:50 AM -- Not much is going right for BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) at the moment. (See BT Bonus Brouhaha, BBC Hits Out at BT, BT Cuts Jobs, Capex , BT's Numbers Hit by Rogue Unit, and BT Slows Down 21CN, Scraps Converged Service.)

And now, to add to its problems, one of its key executives has quit.

Dan Marks, the CEO of BT Vision, the carrier's hybrid IPTV service (on-demand content delivered over broadband, real-time TV services delivered over-the-air), has quit, and will leave at the end of June, Marks launched the service in late 2006 and built it to 430,000 customers in a fiercely competitive TV market. (See BT Turns On 21CN, IPTV.)

BT says the executive is leaving to "pursue other interests and opportunities." Others say his decision was borne of frustration and that he doesn't have another job to go to: See this Daily Telegraph report.

Marks will be replaced by Marc Watson, who has to date been responsible for striking the content deals for the BT Vision service.

To compound the woes for Marks and Watson, one of BT Vision's key content partners, sports broadcaster Setanta, is in financial difficulties. Read this Press Association report for more details. (See BT Pushes Soccer Service.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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