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Richard Davidson-Houston to exit Channel 4

Richard Davidson-Houston, Channel 4′s head of All 4, is to depart the British pubcaster after 12 years of service. Davidson-Houston joined the UK pubcaster in 2007 and was named head of Channel ...
May 16, 2019

Richard Davidson-Houston, Channel 4′s head of All 4, is to depart the British pubcaster after 12 years of service.

Davidson-Houston joined the UK pubcaster in 2007 and was named head of Channel 4 Online from 2010 onwards. As head of All 4, the veteran executive launched a VOD service in 2015, leading the platform through a period of growth in digital viewing and revenues.

Under Davidson-Houston’s purview, All 4 has evolved from a catch-up service for Channel 4 programs to encompass a mix of live TV, catch-up, box sets and archive. The service has also expanded its footprint to more than 20 platforms in the UK and a user base of 20 million-plus registered users.

Before joining Channel 4, he was chief of staff at Microsoft Online Services Group where he had previously held a variety of commercial and product management roles.

Davidson-Houston will step down from his role at Channel 4 this summer.

“It’s time to get stuck in to something new. Channel 4 has been part of my life for a long time,” said Davidson-Houston, in a statement. “I’m happy that I’m leaving All 4 in good shape and wish my colleagues all the best for the future.”

“Richard has played the pivotal role in building All 4 into a hugely successful on demand service that punches well above its weight. He has been a key figure in shaping the channel’s response to the digital challenge and will be much missed,” added Ian Katz, director of programs at Channel 4.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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