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YouView’s Richard Halton to stand down

Comes a week after Freeview's CEO announced his departure

YouView CEO Richard Halton has announced he will leave the company in December.

Halton is leaving the company to “pursue new leadership opportunities.”

The news comes less than a week after Freeview announced its managing director Guy North is to leave.

YouView’s shareholders – BT, TalkTalk, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva – have already begun the search for Halton’s successor, with a view to achieving a handover period.

Simon Duffy, chairman of YouView, said: “YouView is now a world class technology platform which blends the best of the UK’s major broadcasters and communication companies with digital OTT services. Richard has been a major contributor to this success, marshalling a unique partnership between YouView’s seven shareholders – BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Halton added: “It has been a fantastic ten years at the helm of an extraordinary business – one that now shapes the way three million homes find and watch television. To have led YouView through such an exciting time in the TV industry has been a privilege and I would like to thank my team as well as our shareholders and partners for their unerring support, commitment and energy. After a decade I feel it is time to move on and explore new opportunities, knowing that I leave YouView well set for the future.”