CEO, Digital UK
Jonathan Thompson is Chief Executive of Digital UK, which leads the technical and strategic development of the UK’s biggest TV platform, Freeview.
In 2015, Jonathan oversaw the launch of Freeview Play, the connected TV service built into TVs which combines catch-up, on demand and live TV all in one place. With five million devices sold, Freeview Play is the fastest growing connected platform in the UK and an essential component of the TV ecosystem – aggregating free-to-air content on a universal basis to all of the country.
Jonathan is also responsible for Digital UK’s day-to-day management of digital terrestrial television (DTT) and development of the long-term strategy for the platform. Partnerships are critical to the work Jonathan leads at Digital UK and alongside Freeview, both organisations collaborate with broadcast partners and industry to deliver high quality TV for the nation.
A former Director of Strategy for both Ofcom and Channel 4, Jonathan has extensive experience working in the broadcasting sector and the regulatory environment. During his tenure at Channel 4, he represented the broadcaster as a Freeview board member and immediately prior to joining Digital UK, he worked in the Office of the Chairman at DMGT plc, advising on group strategy.
Jonathan is also a member of the Which? Council, the management body of the Consumers’ Association.