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2 May 2023

Bauer Media Audio UK Appoints Chris Ward as Group Operational Director

Bauer Media Audio UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Ward into the new role of Group Operational Director.

Chris strengthens Bauer’s content and music team following news it will launch new audio brand and product Rayo in the UK this year, and following the recent appointments of Director of Music Pete Black, Magic Radio Content Director Rachel Mallender and Chief Creative Officer, Podcasts and Commercial Content Lucie Cave.

Reporting to Chief Content and Music Officer Ben Cooper, the role will see Chris manage and deliver a range of projects across the UK portfolio, as structures and processes are simplified across all radio stations to enable improved collaboration.

Bringing with him 18 years of experience in the radio industry, including 10 years with Bauer Media, Chris’s expertise in strategic planning and change management will be at the forefront of this new position.

Commenting on his appointment, Chris said: “I am thrilled to take on a new role, leading the operations and production teams at Bauer Media as we continue to expand our portfolio of stations. It’s an exciting time for the radio industry and I look forward to working with our talented teams and building upon our successes as we navigate the rapidly evolving media landscape.”

Ben Cooper, Chief Content and Music Officer, said: ” Launching Ken Bruce on GHR, our new audio brand Rayo and building world class studios in our new Lantern building – it’s an exciting time at Bauer and Chris will be excellent at managing our evolving business.”


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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.

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