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10 February 2020

Dee Ford appointed CBE for Services to Radio

Dee Ford, Group Managing Director, Bauer Radio UK was last week appointed a CBE at Buckingham Palace

Last Wednesday, as radio teams around the country received their latest audience results (RAJAR Q4 2019), Dee Ford, Group Managing Director, Bauer Radio was presented with a CBE medal from the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Dee was awarded the title for services to Radio, having been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Others receiving honours included Knighted former health minister, Sir Norman Lamb and former de facto deputy Sir David Lidington for their political and public services.

Dee has been at the helm of Bauer Radio UK since 1998. Under her leadership, Bauer has achieved continual growth through rapid digital innovation, growing its listenership to 18.2 million and achieving record-breaking digital reach.

Having started her career in sales, Dee climbed through senior positions within a number of newspaper, magazine and radio groups. In 1998 Dee was promoted to Group MD Emap Radio, leading the acquisition of Melody Radio, (now Magic Radio) and doubling the size of the radio business in 2005 through the acquisition of Scottish Radio Holdings.

With a passionate and continued commitment to product innovation, Dee has fostered the dynamic teams responsible for world-famous brands such as Absolute Radio, KISS, Magic Radio and the Hits Radio Network. In addition, Dee has overseen the pioneering launches of digital stations, including Scala Radio and Country Hits Radio, as well as the continued success of No.1 all-digital radio commercial station, KISSTORY.

Paul Keenan, President of Audio, Bauer Media Group commented, “It is fantastic to see our UK radio leader recognised for her phenomenal contribution to the industry with this distinguished honour. From starting in sales in Radio City in 1987 to building one of the world’s best radio businesses, Dee is nothing short of a legend. A huge congratulations from me and everyone at Bauer.“

An alumna of the prestigious Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, USA and of Stanford
University, Dee is highly respected within the radio and wider media industry for her many professional and often game-changing achievements.

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For further information, please contact:

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media

07932 746 363 –

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.


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