Real Radio Wales MD steps down as more programmes networked

By | Published on Thursday 1 November 2012

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The MD of Real Radio Wales, Tony Dowling, is leaving the company after five years in the role, and over ten years with the station. During his time as MD the Real Radio network expanded into mid and North Wales so to cover the whole country.

Previously owned by the Guardian Media Group, Global Radio is in the process of acquiring the Real network and, although that acquisition is pending regulator approval, the in-limbo company operating both the Real and Smooth networks recently announced it would network the former’s off-peak daytime output, so that outside of breakfast and drive time, daytime shows on all Real stations around the UK will come from the North West. That reduces the specific output of Real Radio Wales significantly.

Dowling is leaving the radio firm to become MD of South West Wales Media, publishers of the South Wales Evening Post. Radio Today quotes him as saying: “I’m so excited to be coming home to work for one of the most respected voices in local media. I feel privileged to lead the team at this pivotal time and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at South West Wales Media”.