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27 August 2019

Bauer Media Appoints Maria Williams as Podcast Editor

Bauer Media, Europe’s leading digital radio and audio business and the UK’s biggest magazine publisher, has appointed Maria Williams as Podcast Editor.

In this newly created role, Maria will be responsible for enhancing Bauer Media’s podcast portfolio which includes Q Presents: The Making Of, The MOJO Innovators, Clyde 1 SuperScoreboard and the award-winning The Frank Skinner Show podcast. She will also oversee the creation of original formats with Bauer Media’s in-house team of digital audio experts.

Maria is an award-winning radio producer and podcast creator, having previously held a number of roles at the BBC. She launched Saturday Live, was Deputy Editor of Woman’s Hour and made programmes for both Radio 1 and Radio 2. In addition, she was Head of Programmes at Wise Buddah and Head of Development at Loftus Media where her projects included Clarke Peters‘ Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History. Maria is founder of Sound Women: an organisation set up to develop and celebrate women in audio and she was awarded a Radio Academy fellowship in 2014.

Commenting on the appointment, Digital Content Director Brett Spencer said, “Maria brings a depth of knowledge and experience to Bauer Media at an exciting time for podcasts. Consumer interest is growing in the power of sound, offering advertisers highly engaged, high quality audiences”.

Maria Williams commented, “I’ve long been a fan of Bauer’s iconic publishing brands and radio stations, so I’m genuinely thrilled to get to work with people I admire, creating original new podcasts and further developing our existing offerings”.

Recent figures show 36.3M of the UK listen to digital audio weekly, with over 7M people in the UK listening to podcasts every week. Bauer’s digital audio advertising platform, Bauer InStream provides creative and targeted digital audio advertising solutions via a network of Bauer’s trusted and influential brands including connected live radio, on-demand catch-up shows and podcasts.

Maria will report into Digital Content Director Brett Spencer.

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About Bauer Media UK:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Bauer Media Group:

The Bauer Media Group is one of the world’s most successful media companies. We embrace tradition while still keeping our finger on the pulse. Our people create magazines, digital formats, and radio on four continents. With more than 700 magazines, 400 digital products, and 100+ radio stations, we inform and entertain millions of people every day. Simultaneously, we are shaping tomorrow: with investments in online comparison platforms and other young business models, we are setting the course for a successful future as a global portfolio company.

For further press information please contact:

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media
T: 0207 432 3317 M: 07932 746363

Sian Collins – Senior Commercial Communications Executive, Bauer Media
07718 124791

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