YouView's Richard Halton to stand down

Comes a week after Freeview's CEO announced his departure
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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.”