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HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler to resign from company



FILE PHOTO: Richard Plepler chairman and CEO of Home Box Office Inc. speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler will leave the premium television network owned by U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc after nearly 28 years at the company, Plepler said in a memo to HBO employees on Thursday.

The move comes after AT&T won an appeals court decision on Tuesday for its purchase of media company Time Warner, which included HBO and the Turner TV networks.

“Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so,” Plepler wrote in the memo seen by Reuters.

Plepler oversaw many successes at HBO such as hit shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Girls.”

Reporting by Sheila Dang; Editing by Bill Berkrot