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
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.