miercuri, 25 iunie 2014

Metro Radio

What a week to start at a local radio station as 'Britain's most wanted man' is being hunted in your area.

For those of you out of the UK, this is the story of Raoul Moat who's wanted on suspicion of a triple shooting. Yesterday it forced police to effectively lock down a small rural village.
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I've just started three months overseeing the news team at Metro Radio in Newcastle.

The journalists have risen to the challenge of covering this story amazingly well. They're putting in hard work and extra hours to produce some outstanding coverage. But more than anything, they've shown they really care about doing the best job.

Its one of those situations local radio simply has to deliver on and I think we're doing that.

A couple of the team have even appeared on Sky News. Here are their appearances.

My Big Annoucement

Well, for the past six weeks or so I have had an incredible time heading up Bauer Radio's news services in the north east of England where I'm based.

I've been backed by a great management team including an MD and Programme Directors who understand the value of news and who're giving me the freedom to create new content.

I've been working alongside a collection of hard working and talented young journalists who proved themselves to me within hours of my joining Bauer in their response to the Raoul Moat story. I'm already very proud of them.
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Together I believe we all have the potential to create a unique news product for commercial radio in UK. Already I feel we've made some progress in achieving this.

So, with all these positives in mind, I'm delighted to say that I have agreed to take on the role full time. 
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It of course ends some relationships with clients of my business. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely and wholeheartedly thank the radio and other organisations that have hired me. It's been an incredible 18 months travelling the UK and Europe meeting so many different people but such a rich role close to home is hard to turn down.