Radio One restructures business and programming team

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | January 19, 2010
In addition to restructuring its existing team, the radio station has also made fresh appointments for its Mumbai station for both sales and programming functions

Radio One has embarked on a restructuring exercise, promoting the personnel heading the marketing and programming functions. It has also made key appointments for its Mumbai station.

Rajeev Bhandari has been promoted as vice-president, national business, Radio One. Earlier, he was station head, North and East, Radio One and responsible for revenue for Delhi and Kolkata stations. In the new national role, he will look after the revenue functions of other metros, including Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.

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He will report to Vineet Singh Hukmani, managing director, Radio One. Another key change effected by the radio station is the promotion of Anil Machado as national programming head, Radio One. Earlier, Machado was programming director, South.

Speaking to afaqs!, Hukmani says, "Restructuring has been undertaken to reward the work done by the individuals. Hiring in Mumbai has been done to fill the position of station head, which has been lying vacant for past seven-eight months."

For Radio One Mumbai, Bavesh Janavlekar has been appointed as station head. He has moved in from ENIL (Entertainment Network India Limited - Radio Mirchi Group). FV George has come on board as sales head, Mumbai and will report to Kiran D'Cruz, sales head, West. George has joined Radio One from Fever FM.

Hukmani shares that these structural changes have come close on the heels of the earlier move of expanding the role of Arun Sequeira, sales head, South, Radio One to take charge of Mid-Day, print sales for Bengaluru as well. Mid-Day is the tabloid published by Mid-Day Multimedia, which also co-owns radio operations under the brand name Radio One, in a JV with BBC Worldwide.

Similarly, Shyju Varkey, national marketing head and station head, Bengaluru was promoted as publisher for Mid-Day, Bengaluru edition. Radio One recently also appointed Martin King as station head, Chennai.

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