Chris Burns to replace Ben Cooper at Radio Academy

Radio Academy Chair Ben Cooper is stepping down from the role as part of a restructure at the organisation.

Chris Burns will take his place from April and lead the membership led organisation, and a Deputy Chair and Director will also be appointed.

Chris is currently Head of Group Operations at the BBC, and will work for the Academy to seek a sense of community amongst its members by providing services such as online training, club membership and voting rights for all members. Four new levels of membership have been confirmed:

– Patron Membership

– Free Patron Membership for Fellows

– Free Patron Membership for Community, Hospital, Prison, Student Radio and Sound Women

– Gold Membership

Today it was also confirmed that the new Radio Awards and the Radio Festival will take place in the next 12 months. Consultation and discussion, via a sub-committee, is still in progress to discuss the future format of both events.

The Academy says the Radio Festival will be an accessible and affordable members festival, while the new Radio Awards, underwritten by the consortium of Radio Centre, BBC, UTV and RIG, will be revamped and rejuvenated.

The Hall of Fame, RPAs and 30 under 30 will continue as normal, along with masterclasses and regional events.

Ben Cooper said: “We listened to what members want from their Academy and are confident that this new organisation reflects that. I am delighted the next generation now have a road map for the future. ”

Chris Burns, the new Chair, said: “I’m delighted to be the one who will oversee this transition and ensure that the services that the Academy provide are relevant and forward thinking. I want to thank Ben Cooper for his fantastic chairmanship during what was latterly a challenging time.”

The Academy will be administered by a newly appointed Director, who is expected to be in post in the coming months. The new Academy will be operational by September 2015.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by RadioToday UK

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