News: Bauer Media UK Announces Dynamic New Sales Force Set-up

Unified, platform-neutral Bauer Advertising sales team created to unlock engagement with 22 million UK consumers

Bauer Media UK, home to influential multi-platform brands including heat, Kiss, Grazia, Empire, Magic and Absolute Radio, has today announced changes to its UK-wide sales force to provide its client and advertising partners with the very best advertising solutions to access its 22 million UK consumers.

The new, future-facing Bauer Advertising set-up, borne out of a significant internal and  external review, is to be coordinated around client and agency structures. The functionally-aligned organisational design will see the creation of seven new teams to better reflect the needs of the market and provide an effective, unified approach for customers looking to connect with Bauer’s multi-platform brands across TV, online, radio, print and mobile.

The announcement follows the successful editorial and commercial launch of Bauer’s digital lifestyle brand for 20-something women, The Debrief, in February 2014 and the effective integration of Absolute Radio and its digital focused expertise into the wider Bauer Media business.

Bauer Advertising’s new structure sees a new leadership team and organisational set-up reporting into its Group Managing Director, Richard Dunmall, led by the following appointments:


Simon Kilby April 2014

Simon Kilby becomes Head of Marketplace. Simon joins from Absolute Radio where he has led the commercial team since joining as Commercial Director in 2012. Prior to Absolute Radio, Simon played a key part in the changes that transformed the Guardian’s commercial offering over the past decade. Simon and his team will have ownership of Bauer’s overall agency strategy, driving revenue and share across all Bauer platforms and brands.


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Clare Chamberlain becomes Head of Creative and Brand Solutions. In this new position Clare will sell Bauer’s biggest brands whilst driving relationships, inspiring ideas and creative solutions to planners and leaders within agencies. Clare has already been at Bauer Media for two years in the role of Sales Director, London Lifestyle and has a wealth of senior experience across a range of media businesses.

 Lucy Banks

Lucy Banks as Executive Creative Director, Bauer Media will continue to lead Bauer’s content marketing division and develop compelling, content-driven ideas and partnerships with key partners; pushing creative boundaries to build on customised, consumer-driven cross-platform success stories which have recently included the Go Think Big partnership with O2.


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Rebecca Eaves moves from her current role as marketing consultant to become Commercial Marketing Director, where she will align Bauer Media‘s communications and manage their reputation in the market place. Rebecca is a highly experienced, talented and strategic marketer who has held senior roles within Bauer and other media businesses.

Kilby, Chamberlain and Eaves will transition into their new roles during April.

The new structure will also include three additional senior roles, which are currently being recruited for:

  • Head of Client Development – which will drive marketing programmes, revenue and share with Bauer’s biggest advertisers and categories
  • Head of Creative Suite – responsible for the centralised production, design and delivery team for Bauer Advertising
  • Head of Operations – responsible for the centralised revenue delivery function, including the scheduling, implementation and delivery of all booked activity

Richard Dunmall, Group Managing Director, Advertising, Bauer Media UK, said: “We are one of the UK’s leading entertainment businesses, with our great brands and content reaching millions of consumers every day. The new sales structure set-up and its talented leadership team will now allow us to position ourselves as an impressively scaled, content and audience business to our comercial partners, delivering a refreshed, best-in-class service to our clients. It is a hugely exciting new chapter for our London Lifestyle and Radio advertising teams and we look forward to being more compelling to do business with”.

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News: Leona Graham Set to Broadcast on Planet Rock


Leona Graham is set to broadcast on Planet Rock, taking over the afternoon slot for a week in April. Leona’s first ever gig was AC/DC, and she once queued for a whole day outside the 100 club in London to see Metallica. Not only that, but she describes herself as a huge Black Sabbath fan –so she’ll fit right into Planet Rock, “Where Rock Lives”.

Host of daily shows on Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute 80s, Leona will cover the Planet Rock afternoon show, from 2pm-6pm Monday to Thursday. The show features ‘The Trilogy’ – a set of three songs showcasing the variety and depth of tracks played by the station from one artist.  She will also front ‘Quadrophenia’ – an interactive collection of four tracks from different artists every day selected by a Planet Rock listener.

Born in Birmingham – Leona was a teen rocker, who developed a love of bands in the 80s including Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, Poison and Tesla.

As her journey into the world of rock music grew, she ventured back into the world of 60s and 70s getting into Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Thin Lizzy. The passion continued to grow and she continued to develop her love of rock buying old vinyl, which she scoured for second-hand hand at markets.

Leona presented her first radio show at University called Thursday Night Rock, and went on to become President of The Rock Society at Warwick Uni, as well as DJ’ing at the ‘Rock Soc’ discos.

Commenting on the announcement, Planet Rock Music & Content Director Ric Blaxill said, “Leona is an authentic, confident authority with a huge passion for rock music. I know she is going to connect well with the Planet Rock audience. It’s fantastic that now Absolute Radio is part of Bauer Media we can collaborate in this way.”

Presenter Leona Graham added, “Planet Rock plays music from my favourite bands and artists.  I can’t wait to be unleashed on the airwaves”.

Planet Rock plays a deep selection of rock, including album tracks and new music. The breadth of artists is as diverse as Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Queen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Pink Floyd, Rush and Muse. The show’s regular presenter is Darren Redick.

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Absolute Radio signs Jon Champion To lead Rock ‘N’ Roll Football Commentary in the 2014/2015 Season


Absolute Radio has secured award-winning sports broadcaster Jon Champion as lead commentator of the station’s live and exclusive Barclays Premier League coverage for the 2014/2015 season.  Former Premier League defender and PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle will also become the station’s regular co-commentator for the 3pm games every Saturday, joining Arsenal legend Ian Wright and presenters Russ Williams and comedian Ian Stone. The signing marks a continued dedication to Football Entertainment, which sits alongside our music and comedy programming

Champion and Carlisle will both be on-air from 1.30pm for the build-up show with Russ Williams, before providing live commentary from 3pm. As well as the featured game, they’ll also keep listeners up to date with all of the day’s scores, team news and more from the Premier League and beyond. At the final whistle Jon hands over to Ian Wright and comedian Ian Stone, for a unique mix of post-match entertainment from 5-7pm, with reaction from the teams, fans, celebrities and football friends on the phone and via twitter @RnRFootball.

Champion is one of the UK’s most experienced and respected sports commentators and has enjoyed a prominent role with both the BBC and ITV. His new role at Absolute Radio sees him return to radio for the first time since 1995, having begun his career at BBC Radio York in the 1980′s. In 1990 he was part of the BBC Radio Sports Department in London and soon became a familiar figure, presenting the sports output on Radio 2. He was the first person to present a sports show on Radio 5 Live when it launched in 1994, and the following year he transferred across to BBC TV as one of the senior commentators on ‘Match of the Day’.

He was the lead commentator for Setanta Sports and ESPN’s live coverage of the Barclays Premier League and will shortly be heading off to Brazil to cover his 7th FIFA World Cup. Jon’s voice is also known around the world via the Premier League’s overseas broadcasts and he provides the soundtrack to the long-running football computer game ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’.

Absolute Radio’s Head of Presentation Paul Sylvester said

I grew up listening to Jon and when I think back to my formative years tuning into the football in the car with my Dad I can safely say that he’s very much part of why I love sport on the radio. Jon has an incredible command of the game, his knowledge and ‘goal commentary’ in particular is second to none, which will resonate with our audience

The deal was struck in conjunction with USP Content, who will also continue to produce the programme with  with Absolute Radio.  The multi platform production company, famous for its work on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Formula One coverage, has been behind the Rock N Roll Football show since the station won the rights to Barclays Premier League commentary in 2010. Absolute Radio teamed up once again with USP for its exclusive UK radio coverage of NFL, which culminated in a full live broadcast of the 2014 Super Bowl.

Jon Champion said

Radio was where it all began for me and I’m really excited to get back into the commentary box with Absolute Radio. The USP Content guys have helped put together a great show and I’m really looking forward to joining up with Russ, Clarke, Stoney and Wrighty on the Rock N Roll Football team

Amongst Champion’s best known commentaries are Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup and Eric Cantona’s infamous leap into the crowd at Selhurst Park. Jon also received widespread acclaim for his sensitive handling of Fabrice Muamba’s on-field collapse at Tottenham in 2012.

Outside of football, Jon has commentated on 3 Olympic Games and World Cups in both codes of rugby. He was a member of the ‘Test Match Special’ cricket commentary team and has added his voice to the Boat Race and to State occasions. 48 year old Jon lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and 4 children.

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Absolute Radio 90s show for best Student Radio Presenter – Vicki Blight


The national Student Radio conference takes place next week in Newcastle and I’ll once again be returning as a judge on Demo Factor.

If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically the students’ chance to get their demo heard and get live instant feedback from industry professionals. There’s the panel of experts which will also include Absolute Radio’s Head of Presentation Paul Sylvester, but we know there’s loads of others lurking in the dark corners of the room, trying to find the next big thing.

Ok, so it might be a bit scary to have your work critiqued in front of your mates, but it’s not as bad as some people think. Yes, it’s honest but that’s what people need. Surely it’s also worth the risk, it could be the moment where your career really takes off. There’s also an added bonus this year, one of the people whose demo we hear will get a one-off show on Absolute Radio 90s, broadcasting across the UK. It’s your chance to get experience on national radio, taking on board all of the feedback you’ve had and create a brand new ‘real’ demo. Paul and I will be on hand to help you make the show and Dale Wetter (who was on Demo Factor three years ago) used his show on Absolute Radio 90s to get a show on UTV.

Upload your demo at where you can also learn more about the panel of experts, host Adam Catterall and what’s going to happening at the SRA conference.

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8 Radio Academy Award Noms For Absolute Radio – By Paul Sylvester



We’re pretty chuffed to tell you that Absolute Radio has been nominated for eight prestigious Radio Academy Awards 2014.

Radio Brand of the Year is hugely important for us because it recognises the whole network of stations and the whole ‘brilliantly talented and passionate’ One Golden Square family. It represents the work of everybody across all of our seven stations.

There are three nominations for the Christian O’Connell breakfast show including Music Radio Peronality for Christian, Best Competition for ‘Make ‘Em or Break ‘Em’ which the team did last autumn for the release of Dom Hemingway. For the second year running, the partnership with Wickes is also nominated for the Branded Content award.

Absolute Radio actually has three out of the five nominations in this category. BOWIE with the V&A museum takes on the Manuscript with Just for Men, both of which were made with TBI Media. It really proves that Absolute Radio goes way further creatively when it comes to creating and delivering branded content.

Frank Skinner is rightly nominated once again. Frank, Emily and Alun are up for best Speech Programme for the Saturday breakfast show. InStream is also nominated in the new Technical Innovation category. This year there’s been some major advancements in terms of how we deliver more music and fewer adverts to those listeners who are logged-in through a free account. There’s also been some great bespoke and visualised client campaigns.

Elsewhere within the Bauer Media Group, KISS has achieved three nominations including Radio Brand of the Year, Breakfast Show of the Year for the brilliant Rickie, Melvin and Charlie and also best Station Imaging. Metro Radio has capped another fantastic year with three nominations including a nod in the all-important Station of the Year category. The station’s Great North Run coverage is up for the Live Event award while late night legend Alan Robson is part of a stellar line-up in the Speech Radio Personality category.

Bauer has three of the five nominations in the Radio Brand category with the third coming from Planet Rock. Congratulations also goes to Boogie in the Morning as Forth One battles it out for Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 milllion). Good luck also goes to Radio City and City Talk News Team who are nominated in the new Local Radio Journalist of the Year category.

Dee Ford, Group Managing Director of Radio said:

This is a sterling result for the Bauer Media Group – here’s to the team effort that has produced such a fantastic clutch of nominations, and the talent we have within this business.

It’s a great haul of the nominations, congratulations to all of the teams and good luck when the winners are revealed on Monday 12th May.