Global could follow Radio 1’s lead by moving the Big Top 40 from its traditional Sunday slot.
Founder and Executive President Ashley Tabor, speaking with BBC Radio 1’s Greg James, who is taking over the Official Chart on Radio 1, asked him if he has any plans to also make the move. “I don’t know yet, we haven’t decided.” Ashley said.
During the 45 minute session, Greg asked about the creation of the group and the introduction of more networking. “It was a shame to lose a number of local shows on stations like Galaxy. It was a time of change and we had to restructure the company,” he said.
“There’s no question that more networking means less opportunities but it’s up to us to create other opportunities, he said, talking about the Global Academy and a new school which is being opened for around 800 students based in North London for 16-19 year olds – all government funded.
Ashley talked about his route into radio, with an old photo of him getting the tea at Capital for the presenters displayed on the big screen. This was his first job in radio before creating Global Radio and buying half of the commercial radio industry.
BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James asked why he chose to invest in radio and set up Global. Ashley said he used to listen to the radio and think it wasn’t very good, so saw the opportunity to fix it.
He went on to say “If you need to think about something it usually isn’t right, and I didn’t have to think about getting into radio for very long.”
Greg asked what Ashley does on a daily basis as owner of the biggest commercial radio group in the UK. Here’s a typical schedule:
Greg confirmed “Classic FM is my jam” and asked what Ashley listens to on the radio. Greg said he loves John Suchet’s Hall of Fame Hour, to which Ashley said he would arrange a shout out for him on the next show! “I go with mood – I love a bit of Smooth,” said Ashley.
What’s the next plan for Global? “We didn’t have a plan eight years ago to be where we are today, and I don’t have a plan for the next eight years either. We’ve looked at other countries, we’ve looked at TV but they haven’t been right.
“There’s nothing specific we’re looking at right now”
Ashley also revealed his favourite film is Bridesmaids, but we won’t mention that.
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