DMG Radio – owner of the Nova and Classic Rock radio networks – has hired one of the UK’s best known radio executives as its new group programme director.
Paul Jackson, who has held some of the biggest radio roles in the competitive British market including Capital Radio and what was then Virgin Radio, will take over from Dean Buchanan whose departure was announced yesterday.
Jackson is currently Global Radio’s group programme director where he oversees 95.8 Capital FM, The Hit Music Network and indie-focused The XFM Network.
Capital Radio is the UK’s oldest commercial radio station and the job is arguably the most important programming role in British commercial radio.
Before that Jackson was head of programming and for a while chief exec at rock station Virgin Radio which has since been rebranded as Absolute Radio.
DMG CEO Cathy O’Connor said: “Paul Jackson is a high calibre executive who brings both significant experience and strong creativity to this important role. It’s exciting to bring a fresh set of eyes and ears to the programming table at DMG. Paul inherits a team of exceptional programmers and presenters who are ready for his strong leadership and who are as passionate about creativity and success as he is.”
DMG is still half owned by the UK-based Daily Mail & General Trust, while Lachlan Murdoch now owns the other half.
Jackson will start the role in November.
Dan Bradley, assistant group programme director, will oversee day-to-day programming in the meantime. Nova 100 programme director, Todd Campbell, will also take on additional online responsibilities.