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New editor for BBC Essex

Gerald Main has been appointed to take over the role of Editor at BBC Essex from Margaret Hyde who is retiring. Gerald was previously Editor of BBC Radio Suffolk for four years from August 2002. He takes up his new position in March. He is currently working on a special project for the corporation.

As Editor of BBC Radio Suffolk, he led the station to its most successful levels of listeners and saw it win the coveted Station of the Year award at the national Sony radio awards.

Prior to this Gerald worked at BBC local radio stations in Cambridge, Luton, Northampton and Lancashire, gaining valuable on-air experience presenting shows from breakfast through to sport. Currently Gerald is working on a BBC project to find and nurture a new generation of presenters for BBC Local Radio .

Gerald says: "My time in Suffolk has been the happiest and most successful of my professional career. The station has won a series of industry awards including the Sony Radio Academy Station of the Year Award in 2004.

"In addition, the station's audience figures over the last three years have been at an all-time high.

"I am really looking forward to joining the team at BBC Essex. To be working for the BBC in Chelmsford, the birthplace of radio, is a real privilege. It's a huge patch in a competitive area and I am very fortunate to be teaming up with a very talented group of presenters, journalists and support staff. I am looking forward to hearing from Essex listeners about their likes and dislikes and what they want from their station in the future."

Tim Bishop, BBC Head of Region, adds: "BBC Essex is one of the most successful local stations around London, celebrating a county with a distinctive local identity in a way no-one else does.

"Gerald's programming experience, presenter savvy, and creative drive are right to continue to develop a strong presentation line-up, alongside the fast moving news operation, well-developed social action team, and increasingly video and audio-led online output."

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