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Bob Shennan named director of BBC Radio

By | Published on Friday 21 October 2016

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When the BBC handed senior management oversight of its radio division to former minister and knows-nothing-about-radio guy James Purnell, the Corporation wisely recognised it probably ought to have another Director Of Radio on the next layer down in its hierarchy. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s given that gig to Bob Shennan, who already heads up BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network. In his new job he’ll also oversee the day-to-day running of all the broadcaster’s radio stations.

“Radio is a jewel in the BBC crown and continues to thrive in spite of the changing technological times”, insists Shennan. “BBC Radio is world class and it will be an honour to lead it and make sure it stays that way”.

“I’m delighted to appoint Bob to this important post”, the aforementioned Purnell declared. “Bob has an outstanding breadth of experience and has made a huge contribution to BBC Radio over many years”.

Mr Director Of Radio & Education continued: “He has proven, through Radio 2, that BBC services can be both distinctive and popular, has brought digital-only services 6 Music and Asian Network to record audiences and has successfully launched BBC Music. I am looking forward to working with him on the next chapter for BBC Radio”.

Shennan is a fan of Liverpool FC, if you were wondering.



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