Former Capital Radio boss Richard Park is set to join Global Radio in a new role as Executive Director. Global are currently in the process of buying LBC, Galaxy and Heart radio stations from Chrysalis for £170m. The Irish-backed acquisition vehicle is headed by former ITV chief Charles Allen.
Richard was most recently working as a consultant for Emap, working on Magic 105.4 and the Big City network. He said today: “It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I leave Magic. It is a great station with a great future."
Global Radio Group Chief Executive, Ashley Tabor is looking forward to working with Richard: "I’ve long admired Richard’s natural instincts in the radio industry. He brings success to stations he works with and as an Executive Director of our group company I know he will play a crucial strategic role in shaping the business as we move forward. I am personally delighted he has agreed to join us at Global Radio.”
Richard continued: "I am thrilled to be joining Global Radio with Ashley as he sets about bringing fresh strategies and new thinking to commercial radio and providing support to Phil and the existing management team at Heart, Galaxy and LBC.”
Phil Riley, CEO of Chrysalis Radio said “Richard’s appointment to Global Radio’s group board is further proof of their ambition and commitment to radio, and I look forward to working with him.”
Andria Vidler, MD of Magic 105.4, who yesterday won the Arqiva/IRN Newslink special award for her outstanding contribution to commercial radio wished Richard well in his new endeavour.
She said: “As London’s number one commercial radio station, across all measures, Magic 105.4 is in a great position. Magic‘s success has been built on a great team effort and I look forward to Adrian Stewart & Liz Parkin leading the programming team and continuing to make Magic the best station in town.”
“It’s always sad to say goodbye to someone of Richard’s calibre, but we recognise that he wants to move away from the rigours of day-to-day programming and on to new challenges.”
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