Planet Rock announce new team

Mar 2013  Radio News

The appointments follow last month’s acquisition which saw the multi Sony Award-winning national digital radio station Planet Rock join Bauer’s growing portfolio of national radio brands including Kiss, heat, Kerrang!, The Hits and Magic.

Blaxill will be responsible for all programming for Planet Rock. He starts on March 26th and the new role will run alongside his other responsibilities as the label entry point for Bauer Media UK for major artist projects and event appearances. He will also continue to lead programming strategy for Bauer’s fellow digital radio station heat radio.

Blaxill has over 25 years of music industry experience with strong rock music credentials. As Executive Producer of BBC’s Top Of The Pops he brought back rock music on to the show, featuring bands such as Iron Maiden, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Bon Jovi. He also devised and produced Top Of The Pops 2.

After two years as A&R Director at Independiente Records, he joined BBC 6 Music as Head of Programmes, supporting new music and celebrating heritage and classic artists which was key to the station’s DNA. Blaxill also managed Bruce Dickinson’s Friday Night Rock Show, a key part of the weekend schedule.

Steve Parkinson, Managing Director at Bauer Radio, commented: “Ric is a passionate programmer with extensive rock credentials who really cares about music and the radio industry. He is a chair of The Ivor Novello songwriting awards, strums a mean bass and has even played for Iron Maiden’s football team. With such great all-round experience, we are confident that he will continue to increase the success and popularity of Planet Rock by providing quality music and the best possible listening experience for rock music fans.”

Alex Baker has worked at Kerrang! Radio for over seven years as a presenter, producer and, for the past three years, as Commercial Programming Manager for Kerrang! and Q Radio. As Media Week’s Rising Star, he is highly regarded as a powerful voice for new music within the industry with a passion for creative radio.

Steve Taylor, Creative Commercial Director at Bauer Media, commented “Alex is one of the radio industry’s rising stars and the pro-active, flexible approach and enthusiasm he already brings to Kerrang! and Q Radio will be invaluable to Planet Rock.”

Liz Barnes is currently senior producer at Planet Rock and the promotion to Programme Manager will see her run the day to day scheduling for the station with a remit to explore new programming ideas.

Ric Blaxill added: “Having worked with Liz at 6 Music I know she is a talented and knowledgeable music journalist, broadcaster and producer who will inject some new thinking and creativity into the station going forward.”

Bauer Media UK acquired Planet Rock last month as an advancement to its commitment to digital radio and its continuing growth and development in the UK. Planet Rock is an established national digital radio station with an audience of more than 877,000 weekly listeners.

In addition to the new appointments, Planet Rock’s production team and broadcast studios will move to Bauer’s central London radio HQ on March 26th. This will see the departure of Trevor White, who was Planet Rock’s Programme Director for six years under the ownership of Malcolm Bluemel.

Steve Parkinson added: “We’d like to put on record our thanks to Trevor for all his hard work in turning Planet Rock into the successful digital station it is today.”

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