The Radio Authority is to recruit a public affairs head as it gears
up for the awarding of digital broadcasting licenses and faces
Government-led change of the broadcasting regulatory environment.
The public affairs head will be one of six department heads reporting to
Radio Authority chief executive Tony Stoller, and will oversee a press
office team of three. Press is currently headed by chief press officer
Tracey Mullins, who will report to the new public affairs head.
Stoller said: ’Over the past three years, the authority has steadily
increased its pro-active public activities and has increasingly been
drawn into policy and political debate about the future of broadcasting
regulation and radio as a whole. To take that to the next step, we felt
we needed a senior appointment within the authority.’
The Radio Authority regulates commercial radio stations and is
responsible for monitoring programme content, advertising standards,
ownership rules and awarding licenses.
The first digital license has already been awarded. Digital One has won
the right to broadcast around eight digital stations. Applications for
digital licences in Birmingham and Manchester have closed, and the
deadline for applications for London is 11 May. Thereafter, one licence
will be awarded each month.