Walmsley resigns from Carlton board

Carlton Communications' deputy chief executive and board member,

Nigel Walmsley, is to leave at the end of the year and will not be


In a restructure triggered by Walmsley's departure, Carlton is stripping

out a layer of senior management.

It means that Clive Jones, the chief executive of channels, Steve

Hewlett, the managing director of productions and Rupert Dilnott-Cooper,

the managing director of international, all of whom reported into

Walmsley, will now report directly to the chief executive, Gerry


Carlton announced the 59-year-old Walmsley's resignation to the Stock

Exchange on Monday, stating that he "has decided to expand his range of

business and cultural interests at this stage in his career".

A Carlton spokesman described the restructure as a "streamlining of


It comes at a time when Carlton is under pressure to cut costs in the

face of a fall in ad revenue.

Walmsley, a key player in Carlton's successful bid for the ITV weekday

licence in 1991 and the development of digital TV, will continue as a

non-executive adviser to Carlton on industry and regulatory


Murphy said: "Nigel has been a central figure in Carlton's

transformation to a focused media business and I am very pleased that we

will have the benefit of his wise counsel going forward."

Walmsley will complete his term as the chairman of GMTV up to the end of

2001 and will retain his non-executive director positions at Energis, De

Vere Group, The South Bank Board and The Ambassador Theatre Group.