Helen Boaden confirms retirement from BBC Radio

BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden has confirmed she will step down from her position within months.

Helen was asked the question about her role by Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny during a session at the Radio Festival, in which Helen confirms she’s retiring this autumn but doesn’t have any announcement today.

The Director of Radio didn’t take the opportunity to announce her firm plans for the future at the industry event, but is expected to make an announcement in the near future.

Helen, who turned 60 earlier this year, has been the BBC’s Director of Radio since a management reshuffle in 2013. She had previously headed up the corporations News department for seven years, a role she temporarily stepped down from during the investigation into the BBC’s coverage of the Jimmy Savile abuse story.

She started her radio career in the UK at commercial stations Radio Tees and Radio Aire before joining the BBC in 1983. She rose to become Controller of Radio 4 between 2000 and 2004.

“If BBC Radio is no longer a directorate in its own right, a whole load of things will change. But I won’t be there,” Helen said at the Festival today

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