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Cooper promoted at Radio 1

By | Published on Wednesday 18 February 2009

The BBC have announced that Radio 1’s Head Of Programmes Ben Cooper will become Deputy Controller for both Radio 1 and sister digital station 1Xtra.

The promotion follows the news that Andy Parfitt, who ultimately oversees the two national stations as well as the BBC’s Asian Network and its youth strand BBC Switch, would get an even wider brief with the new title Controller, Popular Music. In his new role Cooper will take on a more strategic role at the two stations.

Announcing the appointment, Andy Parfitt told reporters: “Ben is a fantastic executive and has lead the Radio 1 team very effectively over the past few years – this is an opportunity for him to broaden his experience and to bring the Radio 1 and 1Xtra operations closer together”.

Cooper himself added: “I’m delighted to work across both Radio 1 and 1Xtra. I’ll be busy, but I love music radio, so it will be very rewarding. I especially want to build on the success of 1Xtra and look at strengthening their position on digital platforms, as well as continuing my challenge at Radio 1 of attracting young audiences to the BBC in new creative ways”.