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.