Orion Media has appointed James Brownlow as Programme Director at Gem 106 in the Great East Midlands.
James leaves Juice ahead of Global’s takeover of the station, and will replace Mike Newman in managing programming for Gem 106, following his transfer to the new role of Free Radio Brand Programme Director in the West Midlands.
He joins Gem 106 in Autumn 2015 from Liverpool-based Juice FM, where he was made Content Director less than a year ago. Prior to this, James held the position of Programme Director at Capital London for two years, and also spent time in Manchester and the North as Senior Programming Director for Galaxy.
David Lloyd, Orion Media’s Content and Operations Director commented: “Gem is a huge success story, having shown real audience growth and a clutch of top-category awards, thanks to the station’s performance overall and ‘Sam & Amy’ at breakfast. James is a class act who can seize the reins with huge skill and we’re delighted to have attracted him to Orion. It’s great to be working with him again”.
James Brownlow added: “To be involved with the passion and vision Orion Media has for creating original and exciting audio content, along with the responsibility of driving forward the huge potential of an exciting brand like Gem is an opportunity very rarely seen now. To be given that role and be backed to create such content alongside some of the industry’s most highly-decorated talent is an experience I am truly delighted with, and I’m very eager to get started”.
Juice FM in Liverpool has recently been bought by Global and is currently going through the approval process.