Adam Singer, chief executive of beleaguered cable operator Telewest, has been ousted following a boardroom coup.
Board members, including chairman Cob Stenham, have replaced him with Charles Burdick, the company's finance director.
"It was a board decision and it was around differences in style," said Burdick. "As companies move into financial difficulties, boards often think a change of style in leadership is necessary."
The boardroom changes could pave the way for US media mogul John Malone to increase the stake in Telewest held by his investment vehicle, Liberty Media.
Singer, who was appointed chief executive in April 2000, will receive a pay-off of around £1.2m.
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