UK hybrid digital television platform YouView has confirmed that Richard Halton will stand down as CEO at the end of 2018. Having led YouView from launch to being in three million homes, Halton has decided this is the right moment to pursue new leadership opportunities.
“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,” commented Simon Duffy, Chairman of YouView. “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,” he 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,” said Halton. “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.”
The shareholders thanked Halton for what they described as “his very significant contribution” to YouView’s growth. All seven remain fully committed to YouView and the search for a successor has already commenced, with a view to achieving a handover period with Halton.
Halton was Controller of Business Strategy at the BBC where he led development of Project Canvas and became CEO of the newly-formed company in September 2010.