Sep 2019 RadioWorks Blog
Media & Entertainment Group, Global recently announced the appointment of James Rea to Richard Park’s former position, Director of Broadcasting. Rea will replace Park who after nearly 30 years of service, steps down from his post following ongoing health issues.
Ex Managing Editor of Heart and LBC, James will now oversee all programming and brand output for Global’s radio brands: Heart, Smooth, Classic FM, Capital, Capital XTRA, LBC, Radio X, Gold and Global’s Newsroom.
Global’s Founder and Executive President, Ashley Tabor-King OBE commented: “James has been at Global for eight years and has done an excellent job running LBC and Global’s Newsroom, as well as Heart, our biggest brand. The growth and development of these brands has been superb under his leadership and James steps into his new role with all the credentials, gravitas and experience needed. James will announce his initial team in the coming days. This is the beginning of a very exciting new era for Global and I want to personally welcome James to the Global Radio main board, an appointment that we take very seriously.
He added: “I’d also like to take a moment to again recognise the enormous contribution that Richard Park has made to Global and the entire radio industry, a contribution that will continue in his new role as Senior Programming Advisor.”
In a previous statement, Tabor also said: “Richard has been my radio mentor since I was 15 years old. He’s taught me so much, most importantly to trust my instincts and the realities of how things work in the real world. Quite simply, Global wouldn’t be the company it is today without him. I want to thank him, from the bottom of my heart, for his true dedication and tireless work since we created Global. But most of all, I want to thank him for doing it all with a smile, good grace and never letting anything get to him. That’s what experience teaches you, and that’s perhaps the biggest gift he’s taught me.”
Global’s Director of Broadcasting, James Rea commented: “I’m thrilled to be appointed Director of Broadcasting at Global. It is a huge honour and enormous responsibility to be asked by Ashley to lead a new chapter for our formidable programming team. I’ve been fortunate to work hand in glove with Richard Park for a number of years and I want to thank him for the incredible contribution he has made to me, the industry and to so many of us here at Global. We have some of the greatest and most inspirational radio brands in the world and I’m looking forward to working with our brilliant teams to grow them and continue to be best in class in a new era for radio, audio and video.”
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