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Monday, 24 October 2016

Bob Shennan Appointed BBC Director of Radio

Bob Shennan, the current Controller of BBC Radio 2, has been appointed to the role of Director of Radio.

The role is currently occupied by Helen Boaden, who leaves the Corporation (complete with broomstick and black cat?) on 31st October 2016.

Shennan, who has been at the Corporation for almost 30 years, will have daily oversight of BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 live and digital-only stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 5 live sports extra and Asian Network, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production. He will work closely with James on the strategy for radio.

Labour lackey James Purnell, the BBC Director of Radio & Education from 1st November 2016, said the following: "I'm delighted to appoint Bob to this important post. Bob has an outstanding breadth of experience and has made a huge contribution to BBC Radio over many years. He has proven, through Radio 2, that BBC services can be both distinctive and popular, has brought digital-only services 6 Music and Asian Network to record audiences and has successfully launched BBC Music. I am looking forward to working with him on the next chapter for BBC Radio."

Shennan said: "Radio is a jewel in the BBC crown and continues to thrive in spite of the changing technological times. BBC Radio is world class and it will be an honour to lead it and make sure it stays that way."

The BBC is currently undergoing reorganisation, which will see the current four BBC divisions (North, Radio, Strategy & Digital and Finance & Operations) reduced to two (Radio & Education and the Deputy Director General's Office).

Shennan is credited with building Radio 2's listenership to 15.3 million. He takes up his new position on 8th November 2016. The salary for the new Director of Radio role is unknown, but it is likely to surpass Shennan's current salary of £236,765.

You wait all day for a new BBC Director of Radio to come along, then you get two at virtually the same time!

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