Richard Davidson-Houston, Channel 4’s head of All 4, is set to step down from the role this summer following a 12-year career at the broadcaster.
During his tenure as the head of All 4, Davidson-Houston launched the VOD service in 2015 and oversaw a period of record growth in digital viewing and digital revenues. All 4, which initially served as a catch-up service for Channel 4 programs, evolved into a mix of live TV, catch-up, box sets, archive and content from such partners as Adult Swim, Vice and Walter Presents under his leadership. The on-demand service is now available on more than 20 platforms in the U.K. and has more than 20 million registered users.
Before joining Channel 4, Davidson-Houston had served as the U.K. business manager for Messenger, Hotmail and MSN at Microsoft. Previously, he was an internet business consultant and founder.
Davidson-Houston said: “It’s time to get stuck into something new. Channel 4 has been part of my life for a long time. I’m happy that I’m leaving All 4 in good shape and wish my colleagues all the best for the future.”
Ian Katz, director of programs at Channel 4, added: “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.”