YouView appoints non-exec chairman

UK connected TV platform, YouView, has appointed former ntl:Telewest, Orange and EMI executive Simon Duffy as non-executive chairman. 

Duffy will immediately begin his handover from interim chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, YouView said.

Dunstone, who is also chairman of YouView partner Talk Talk, took the YouView chairman role on an interim basis in March following the departure of Sir Alan Sugar.

Commenting on his appointment, Duffy said: “I am excited to be part of YouView as it continues its journey beyond launch and a successful first year. YouView will play a crucial role in the future of television and the internet in the UK and I look forward to working with the board and executive team to achieve this vision.”

Duffy currently also serves as non-executive chairman of online gambling firm Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment and SMS marketing company mBlox Inc, and as non-executive director of Sweden’s Modern Times Group and Oger Telecom Limited in Dubai.

Previously, Duffy was executive chairman of Tradus, executive vice chairman of ntl:Telewest (now Virgin Media Group), CFO of Orange and group finance director and deputy chairman of EMI.