Radiocentre Appoints a New CEO

Ian Moss has been appointed as the new CEO of Radiocentre, replacing Siobhan Kenny who announced her departure last year. Siobhan leaves Radiocentre after seven years as CEO at the end of June 2021.

Ian is currently Chief Executive of STM – the international association representing academic and professional publishers – and brings experience of politics, Government and the commercial world.

Previously, he was Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the BPI, representing the recorded music industry, and for many years was a civil servant, including a long period of working on economic, regulatory and competition policy, including broadcasting and spectrum, the 2003 Communications Act and the formation of Ofcom, first in Oftel, then in the Treasury. He has also worked in Parliament, including a stint in Tony Blair’s office during the 1997 election.

Ian Moss said: “I’ve loved radio and music all my life. As a schoolboy I’d go in the evening to help at Signal Radio – my local commercial radio station in Stoke and I always dreamed of working for the sector. I hope my experience will help create a bright and successful future for what is a fantastically popular and enduring medium.

As Radiocentre CEO he will lead the industry body and define its priorities in a post-Covid world, overseeing joint marketing and research activities with advertisers as well as all policy, regulation, and clearance functions. He will assume the role later in the year.

Big programme changes at Magic

A new Spring schedule at Magic will see Magic Soul presenter Simon Phillips join the main station to replace Richard Allinson on Drive with Allinson launching a new evening show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7-10pm. New presenters on the Magic Network are to include Escape to the Country host and BBC Newsreader Sonali Shah who will be taking over Sunday Breakfast from 7-10am whilst comedian and TV personality Judi Love also joins Magic to present a 6-part series from 5-7pm also on Sunday. Additionally, West End Star Ruthie Henshall’s show Behind the Stage Door on Magic at the Musicals moves to a new slot of 10am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Ofcom licence relaxations to end in September   

During the pandemic some stations and groups have not been broadcasting exactly what their agreed formats require including local news bulletins and locally produced content. Some community radio stations currently offering a skeleton service due to unavailability of volunteers, access to buildings or funds, but Ofcom has asked them to be working towards operating within their Key Commitments once again. All radio stations have been informed that they should return to fully meet all their programming and production commitments by the end of September.

New Sunday evening show on talkSPORT

Singer-songwriter, footballer and television presenter Chelcee Grimes is hosting a new series on talkSPORT called ‘My Unsung Hero’ where she will be speaking to a range of footballers about their respective life heroes .The new series begins on Sunday April 25 with former Manchester United, Arsenal and France defender Mikael Silvestre, in conversation alongside his wife Sev. Other guests in the series choosing their heroes will include England women’s captain, Steph Houghton, Reality TV star turned footballer, Mark Wright alongside his brother and footballer Josh Wright, Everton defender Ben Godfrey, England women’s legend Kelly Smith alongside her Dad, plus the season finale with Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson.

Audio & Radio Emergency Fund to end

Organisers of the Audio & Radio Emergency Fund (AREF) are closing the initiative at the end of its current funding round after giving out over £77,000. The Radio Academy created the fund in April 2020, to help those in the radio and audio sectors who were facing hardship because of the coronavirus crisis. Since then, 165 grants of up to £1,000 have been given to those experiencing hardship or needing help to continue working from home. One successful applicant wrote: “The moment COVID-19 struck the UK, my employment completely and utterly dried up overnight, leaving me with no income whatsoever, as I am a freelancer.” Another wrote: “I cannot begin to explain what this means to my son and I. Thank you all so much for your help in what has just been the most horrible year. This will literally put food on the table.”

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