Global Radio unveils new programming team

Global Radio has created a group-level programming team as it integrates with GCap Media, appointing Luis Clark as Heart group programming director

Global Radio has created a group-level programming team as it integrates with GCap Media, appointing Luis Clark, the programme director of Heart 100.7FM in the Midlands, as Heart group programming director.

Clark's promotion follows his success in boosting Heart 100.7FM to become the most popular radio station in the Midlands, including both commercial and BBC competition. He will be in charge of the 32 local stations in the new Heart network.

Clark's former deputy, Paul Gerrard, has stepped up to the Midlands programme director role.

Jonathan Richards, previously head of news and programme director for talk station LBC, becomes head of news for Global Radio, retaining his existing responsibilities but taking on a wider remit for all news output across the group.

Global has tapped Mike Cass, previously director of programming at Galaxy, for an expanded role. He becomes Galaxy Radio group programme director, looking after the expanding Galaxy network and the launch of the brand in Scotland and Hampshire in November.

The promotions are effective immediately, with all roles reporting to Richard Park, director of broadcasting and executive director at Global Radio.

"These appointments complete the senior posts in programming, and will simplify the programming management structure for the group," Park said. "There's a lot of work to do, but we now have the right team in place to lead this process."

A Global Radio spokeswoman said all the positions were newly created as a result of the £375m takeover of GCap Media and there were no associated job losses.

Meanwhile, the expansion of Global's studios in Leicester Square is nearly complete, with the first Heart broadcast to take place on November 26, and the first LBC broadcast on December 9.

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