Former Atlantic 252 and Virgin Radio presenter Robin Banks is joining UKRD’s Star Radio as programme director to “shake things up a little”.
Robin, who’s worked at XFM, Beat 106, Leicester Sound, Kiss 100 & BRMB will also host programmes on the Darlington-based station.
Christian Richardson, to give him his real name, has also hosted several programmes for television including Channel 4, Sky One, Living TV and BBC 2. His last radio gig was with Orion Media which he left in July last year.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into the North East market and I am delighted that Mark at Star and Phil Angell at UKRD have given me this opportunity to shake things up a little there. The values that have made UKRD the number 1 company to work for in the UK two years running excite me beyond words… and they actually live their values. Oh, and we plan to make some memorable, predictably unpredictable local radio too!”
Star North East has only recently introduced “The Three Legends” football phone-in to its line up after they were let go from Real Radio North East.
“We’re working hard to make sure that we’ve got an amazing on-air product for 2013” says Star’s Managing Director Mark Reason. “I’ve been busy recruiting the best talent in the business and Robin Banks is certainly that! We’ve got a few more things up our sleeves but I don’t want to give too much away just yet. Global might end-up having a Heart, Capital & Smooth in the North East but we don’t intend to make it easy for them!”
Robin added: “Mark wants me and the team we’re building here to create radio that really rocks in 2013 – and we will.”