Wireless Group's CEO announces retirement

John McCann leaves rebranded UTV Media in May

Wireless Group – UTV Media until this month – has confirmed that chief executive John McCann will retire this summer, calling time on four decades with the company.

The news follows the completion of ITV's purchase of Wireless Group's television interests, with McCann deciding the sale marks a natural time to depart his post. Wireless Group will now focus on their radio concerns.

They run seven Irish stations, as well as talkSPORT and 12 local stations in the UK, with the launch of three new national stations imminent across the Irish Sea.

A chartered accountant who studied at Queen's University in Belfast, McCann joined the then-Ulster Television as financial controller/company secretary in 1983.

He became a director and general manager in 1990 before assuming his current position in 1999. The 62-year-old leaves in May, to coincide with the company's AGM.

Richard Huntingford will become Wireless Group's executive chairman, having joined the board in 2012.