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Alan Sugar Exits Chairman Post at U.K. TV Service YouView

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The star of the British version of "The Apprentice" oversaw the development of the service, which is backed by BBC, ITV and others and launched in July.

LONDON – Alan Sugar is stepping down from his role as non-executive chairman of YouView, the free-to-air and Internet-connected television service backed by a line up of Britain's free-to-air broadcasters.

Sugar exits after two years in the post saying his job is done with YouView, the major partnership between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva and Internet suppliers British Telecom and TalkTalk.

During his two year tenure Sugar, the star of the U.K. reality TV show The Apprentice, has been instrumental in the launch of the product.

A new chairman will be announced over the coming weeks.

Sugar said: "When I joined YouView in 2011, my brief from the shareholders was to use my experience in the electronics industry to get the product to market and into the homes of consumers. Having done that successfully, my job is complete and I will now focus my time and attention into my other businesses. "