Bauer Media has appointed of Richard Dawkins from the BBC in a newly created role of Chief Operating Officer across its European Radio division.
Bauer says Richard will work alongside the senior radio management teams to identify new market and commercial opportunities – and lead the development of Bauer’s European audio businesses, identifying and delivering new growth initiatives across multiple territories.
Richard is currently Chief Operating Officer, BBC Content, which commissions and schedules programmes for BBC iPlayer, BBC One, Two, Three and Four across drama, factual, comedy and entertainment; as well as BBC Sport across TV, radio and online.
Paul Keenan, CEO of Bauer Media UK and European Radio told RadioToday: “Richard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning media strategy, operations and change management which will be of immense value as we accelerate the growth of Bauer Media, Europe’s leading radio and audio business.”
Richard said: “It’s a brilliant time to be joining Bauer Media with commercial radio thriving and digital and IP distribution offering new, exciting opportunities for innovation in audio. I’m really looking forward to joining the team and building on Bauer’s leading position across European markets.”
In his current role as a BBC executive, Richard’s annual salary has been made public – with the latest data from September 2017 showing that the corporation paid him £195,000 a year.
Richard will join Bauer Media in late Spring and will report to Paul Keenan.