Wireless Group’s current chief operating officer Scott Taunton has been named as chief executive of Wireless Group, reporting to Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News UK.
Scott will assume responsibility for all the radio and digital businesses within the group, spanning the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Announcing his appointment, Rebekah Brooks commented: “Scott is a dynamic leader, whose promotion to the role of chief executive will be a huge asset to Wireless and News UK. He will join my Executive team and work to ensure that our two businesses build on the strengths of a partnership that is already demonstrating great success in editorial and commercial collaboration.”
Scott Taunton, chief executive of Wireless Group said: “The opportunities for Wireless Group and News UK are boundless, and I’m honoured to take this position and press ahead with innovative and lucrative ideas. Our brands share engaged and loyal audiences, aligned cultures, and a commitment to developing the best UK and Irish journalistic and broadcasting talent. Together we can offer exciting cross-platform opportunities to advertisers and partners which we know they will want.”
Wireless Group was acquired by News UK in September 2016 following approval of Wireless shareholders. Along with talkSPORT and the recently relaunched Virgin Radio and talkRADIO, Wireless is the largest local radio operator in Ireland in addition to its stations in England and Wales.