Head of Music BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra George Ergatoudis will leave the corporation after 19 years to take up a new job at Spotify.
George was promoted to Head of Music in 2005 after joining the BBC in 1997 and will depart in March 2016.
Before moving into music strategy, George was a Radio 1 producer, producing the likes of Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo. Previously at Kiss 100 FM from 1991 to 1997, he served as a senior producer looking after their specialist and weekend output, and later, all the daytime shows. While at Kiss, George won a Sony Gold Award for producing Steve Jackson’s Breakfast Show. In April 2015, Musexpo, the international music industry conference, honoured him with their International Music Person of the Year Award.
The process for finding the next Head of Music for Radio 1 & 1Xtra has already begun.
Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, says: “Over the past decade, George has been a key part of Radio 1’s discovery of new music for young audiences and has continued to support British artists, giving them a platform for success. He has built a strong team at Radio 1 and 1Xtra with excellent contacts across the industry. We would like to thank him for all his hard work, and wish him all the very best for the future.
“Radio 1 has a rich history of developing presenters, producers and leaders, and we see this as being a key part of what we bring to the industry.”
George Ergatoudis says: “It’s been a privilege to have played a key part in the journey of the world’s greatest music radio station over the last 10 years. In that time, Radio 1 has successfully moved into a new era of visual and shareable content, helping to drive new young audiences to the BBC. Now I’m ready for the next chapter in my career as I take on responsibility for leading Spotify’s in-house music curation strategy and content programming for the UK. I can’t wait to get started.”