Mark Briggs, a commercial radio founder, director, senior manager and consultant has died at the age of 49.
Mark died after a short illness and is survived by his wife and two teenage children.
During his career in radio, he was Head of Commercial Services at Capital Radio, Regional Managing Director of The Local Radio Company in the South
East of England, founding MD of Arrow FM and worked with a number of radio stations abroad.
In 2005 he set up United Radio with Paul Chantler, consulting with a large number of radio stations at home and around the world. Mark was one of the original supporters of RadioToday along with Paul, through their early sponsorship of the site via United Radio.
Paul Chantler told RadioToday: “Mark and I were consulting colleagues working on radio projects throughout the UK, Europe, India and Asia. He loved the commercial radio industry and was an expert on the business and sales side but he also retained a creative streak which served him well. We particularly enjoyed writing licence applications for stations and had some success in this sphere. He was great fun to work with and will be remembered as offering wise advice and for being a great character.”
He was more recently working in a strategic development role at a travel company and previously was Head of Channels and Services at FreeSat from 2008 – 2012.
Friend and colleague Rob Corlett, MD of Amplified UK Ltd and ex MD of hit40uk Ltd, wrote this tribute for RadioToday: “Mark had radio in his blood, from being a schoolboy wannabe ‘pirate’ in Hastings he loved the medium. He did all facets of the business, from voiceover, station management right through to Ofcom and international consultancy and while being a consummate professional, he did it all with an easy going manner and a cheeky and impish humour.
“It won him many friends who will be very sad that such a talented man has been taken from us at such a young age. Many condolences to his wife and two young children at this very sad loss.”