Mike Vitti is to leave his post as Programme Controller of Jazz FM after four and a half years at the national digital station.
An email from station CEO Richard Wheatly says “Mike has worked as part of the original team that brought Jazz FM back from The Guardian Media Group in 2009 and in those three years has built and led an excellent Programme Team to whose credit are the latest audience figures for the station.
“Mike and I have been discussing the future for some time and he feels that now with the station at an all-time high with its audience, is the right time to seek a new challenge. We understand this, wish him well and thank him for all he has done for the company.”
Speaking to RadioToday.co.uk, Mike said: “I’ve had an amazing four and a half years at Jazz FM. I’ve realised most of my musical ambitions, met nearly all of my idols and had the honour of working with some exceptionally talented people. It was a difficult decision but it’s the right time for me to move on. Not sure what the future holds yet. Maybe a long holiday. The programming team is in great shape, we’ve just enjoyed record audience numbers and I’m certain that this group of people will go on to enjoy even further success.”
Mike has worked in radio for 23 years, starting at Red Rose Radio as a presenter in 1989 and Radio Aire in 1991 followed by a stint at Radio Wave and a return to Rock FM. Mike programmed CN Group stations until he joined The Local Radio Company in December 2005. In 2008 following the purchase of Jazz FM from GMG Radio Mike joined to programme the station.
He leaves on 16th November 2012.