NEWS: Spanswick leaves BBC for corporate role at WRN

World Radio Network (WRN), the global radio programme distributor, has recruited its first director of corporate affairs.

World Radio Network (WRN), the global radio programme distributor, has

recruited its first director of corporate affairs.



Simon Spanswick joins WRN this week after ten years at the BBC, most

recently as part of the team which presented the World Service funding

plan to the Government.



He will manage marketing, public relations, and sponsorship for WRN,

which provides 24 hour-a-day programmes from 25 broadcasters in 20

countries.



WRN offers English language programmes, distributes radio programmes on

the Internet and provides a consultancy service on world-wide

distribution for broadcasters.



The company, which recently introduced services to Africa, South Asia

and Asia-Pacific, has no dedicated communications staff.



Spanswick joined BBC Monitoring in 1986. He has worked in the Corporate

Affairs, Strategic Planning and Press, Publicity and Marketing

divisions of the World Service.



He is a co-ordinator of Digital Radio Worldwide, the consortium of

broadcasters working on the implementation of satellite-delivered

digital radio to replace short wave broadcasting.



Since 1992 Spanswick has also presented Waveguide, the World Service’s

weekly communications programme - a role which he will continue to play.



Spanswick commented that he is joining WRN: ‘...at a time of great

change and opportunity brought about by new delivery methods and the

increasing pace of digital development.’



‘Simon’s combinations of skills and experience, both as a broadcaster

and in corporate affairs, will be of immense value to World Radio

Network,’ said WRN managing director Karl Miosga.



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