Radio 1’s head of music policy, Jeff Smith, is leaving to become
programme controller for 95.8 Capital FM.
After working at the World Service and in programme management at Emap’s
radio arm, Smith joined Radio 1. He set up its evening session in 1990
and recruited Jo Whiley.
He then left to become a partner and director of programmes at Wise
Buddah Music Radio, where he developed shows such as Pete Tong’s
He rejoined Radio 1 in 1997 as head of music policy.
Smith reports to Capital’s group director of programmes, Richard Park
and joins the station in June. He takes over from Pete Simmons, who has
moved within the group to become programme controller of digital
In his new role Simmons heads the group’s first national station, Life,
which is broadcast on the national commercial digital radio network,