BBC Radio 4’s former Commissioning Editor Caroline Raphael is joining Penguin Random House UK as Editorial Director, Audio.
Caroline will lead Penguin Random House UK’s audio editorial and production team and help further grow its digital and physical audio list, which includes a range of fiction and non-fiction authors.
Caroline joins Penguin Random House Audio after 30 years with BBC Radio where she was most recently responsible for commissioning Radio 4’s Comedy and Fiction programmes and content on Radio 4 Extra. During three decades Caroline has been credited with finding and developing new talent and shows including That Mitchell and Webb Sound to Dead Ringers.
She left the BBC at the beginning of this year and the latest RAJAR saw BBC Radio 4 Extra become the biggest digital-only radio station in the UK with over two million listeners.
Speaking on her appointment, Caroline Raphael, Editorial Director, Audio, Penguin Random House UK, said: “I’ve been a fervent reader of and listener to stories my entire life. I am enormously proud to be joining Penguin Random House Audio. New digital technologies are liberating the way we can engage with stories, fiction and fact, wherever and whenever we want them; so what a wonderful time to be joining one of the world’s great publishers.”
Caroline joins a growing team that has delivered audio books including the Roald Dahl collection, voiced by narrators such as Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Stephen Fry.
Videl Bar-Kar, Audio Publisher, Penguin Random House UK, said: “I’m delighted that Caroline is bringing her wealth of experience and unrivalled ability in understanding audiences and discovering major new talent to help us achieve our big ambitions to grow our spoken word business.
“We will focus on combining the stories and ideas that matter with first class performances to create a richly immersive storytelling experience for our listeners, and for the new audiences that are discovering spoken word every day.”
Caroline starts her new role tomorrow, 27th May.