Real & Smooth Head of News joins the BBC
More management exit Real and Smooth Radio as Group Head of News Christian Spooner takes up the position of News Editor at BBC Radio Merseyside.
Christian has been with the group for over a decade, having joined Real Radio Yorkshire when it launched in 2002 as Deputy News Editor.
He became North West News Editor in 2007 before taking taking up his current role in 2012.
Christian will take over as News Editor at BBC Radio Merseyside in April, replacing Lee Bennion.
Christian Spooner told RadioToday.co.uk: “I’ve spent a wonderful decade with Real and Smooth and it’s been a privilege to work with the best news team in commercial radio. We have consistently raised the bar in radio journalism which has been recognised with a cabinet full of awards.”
Real and Smooth Radio Group Programme Director John Simons said: “Over the past 10 years Christian has played a significant role in shaping the editorial sound of our stations. His high standards and keen news sense have ensured Real and Smooth have provided some of the most compelling news programming in broadcasting, recognised by the industry with many wins in the Sony’s, Arqiva’s, IRN and New York Festivals. We wish him every success in his future role.”
Since being bought by Global Radio in June 2012, several management have left the company either by choice or through redundancy, including Chief Executive Stuart Taylor, Real Radio’s Brand Director Mark Matthews, Group Head of Marketing Helen Dickinson, Real Radio Wales’ Managing Director Tony Dowling and Group Commercial Director Jonathan Gillespie.