New Star Radio MD Confirmed

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8:54am 12th December 2013

UKRD owned Star Radio, based in Darlington, is to have a new Managing Director in the New Year and he’s flying home to the UK from the United Arab Emirates to take on the role. John Clayton, who is presently managing a cluster of stations in the Emirates, cut his radio teeth in the UK at regional station Wave, Heart, KMFM and Celador prior to leaving the UK to take up his present role. He also served at Deutsche Bank as a Vice President – Global Markets.

John is now heading back to the UK to join local radio operator UKRD Group and is looking forward to the challenges to re-establishing the station as a truly local force within the north east.

“I’ve been trying to get a role at UKRD for some time as it represents precisely the kind of radio I believe in and has a superb reputation for delivering exactly that. When you add to that its great reputation as a people focussed company, it was too good an opportunity to pass up and I’m thrilled to be appointed,” said John.

Sarah Barry, the Managing Director at Stray FM in Harrogate who has been looking after the station pending this appointment, said she was really looking forward to John’s arrival. “He has all the great people skills we are looking for in UKRD and has a good track record in radio in many parts of the country – and now the world!”

UKRD’s Chief Executive Officer confirmed that John would join in January and after a brief spell of induction would be getting stuck in. “The station is going to completely re-shape itself and will now be utterly focussed upon its locality and what makes its area tick.”

“The north east is suffering just like everywhere else from the perceived withdrawal of genuinely local contact and physical presence by some operations and we are now going to fill those gaps and provide the area with a genuinely locally focussed product that eats, sleeps and breathes the TSA that Star serves. We have a good way to go but we are building a superb team and John will accelerate that progress as we move through 2014 and beyond,” said Rogers. “Star Radio is going to be a great station in the mould of UKRD stations everywhere and I can’t wait to start seeing the results show through in due course.”

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