Emap radio arm nabs Ofcom exec

Emap Performance, the radio division of the media giant, has poached Ofcom senior radio executive Mike Philips to be its head of regulatory and public affairs.

Philips, currently serving out his notice at Ofcom, will take up the post in early December. His role encompasses managing all of the media company’s relationships with opinion formers, including Ofcom and MPs.

In his new role, Philips will report to Shaun Gregory who was recently promoted from director of development to managing director of national brands. Emap’s radio stations include Kiss, Magic, Kerrang!, Smash Hits, Q and Heat.

Emap Performance head of press Maureen Corish said Philips would play a crucial role in managing relationships, particularly with Ofcom.

‘As consolidation goes ahead in the market, Emap has made no secret of the fact that it wants to be a buyer, rather than be bought,’ said Philips. ‘Commercial radio is about to enter an exciting chapter through consolidation, more new stations and the unleashing of further digital spectrum.’

His appointment comes as speculation resurfaces that Emap is preparing to make a bid for Scottish Radio Holdings, the company that owns 22 radio stations and 43 local newspapers.

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