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Radio 1 chief to also oversee Asian Network in BBC Radio rejig

By | Published on Wednesday 9 November 2016


You might remember that the BBC recently added radio to the remit of its former top strategy guy James Purnell, but then noticed that the former politician didn’t know anything about radio. So it promoted Bob Shennan – the boss of Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network – to the job of Director Of Radio.

Well, that has now resulted in a further rejig of the Beeb’s top radio execs. Ben Cooper, who currently oversees Radio 1 and 1Xtra, will have the Asian Network added to his remit. Meanwhile interim chiefs have been appointed for Radio 2 and 6 Music – Lewis Carnie and Paul Rodgers respectively – while Shennan gets about recruiting a full-time Controller for those two stations.

In an email to BBC Radio staff published by Radio Today, Shennan said: “We have come a long way over the past few years on all platforms and we have exciting plans underway to deliver even more success in the future. We have a real opportunity to bolster our radio stations, attract new audiences and harness the global technological revolution. I know that if we work together we can build an even bigger, better BBC Radio”.

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