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Findlay to leave Forth

The Managing Director of Edinburgh's Radio Forth, Adam Findlay, is to leave the station next month – to go sailing around the Med.

Emap Regional MD Paul Cooney will take over day-to-day running in the interim until a successor is found.

Adam, 33, is the son of Radio Forth founder Richard Findlay, who left previous owners Scottish Radio Holdings prior to its purchase by Emap last year.

Adam joined Forth in 2004 after a spell at Aberdeen-based Northsound and has also worked at Central FM and Radio Tay during his career in radio.

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that Adam will be taking to the seas on his newly acquired 30ft yacht, named Puffin, along with his wife and their 2-year old daughter next year.

He told the paper: "This is a move of my own choosing and it is nice to be able to have a graceful exit with a smooth transition over to Paul Cooney.

"I will spend the first part of next year just relaxing, working on a few things and getting ready for this trip, which is something I have always dreamed of doing.

"When I arrived at Forth, I inherited a dedicated team and we have just gone from strength to strength. It has been an absolute ball and the ratings gains we have made have just been staggering. I think I am leaving the station in good shape. It will be sad in some ways once I have gone, but radio stations have to evolve and Emap have got a great station on their hands here."

Travis Baxter, managing director of Emap's big city network, said: "Adam will leave Radio Forth at Christmas, but he will continue to work on other Emap Radio projects throughout the first quarter of 2007.

"Paul's appointment will take effect immediately. I'd like to wish Adam well for his adventure on the waves."

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