Digital Radio UK names Ford Ennals as CEO
Digital Radio UK, the company tasked with preparing the UK for digital radio upgrade, today confirmed that Ford Ennals, the former head of Digital UK, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
The news comes on the day of the publication of the Digital Economy Bill which will allow radio to secure its place in the multi-platform world by upgrading to digital.
Ennals brings an unparalleled level of experience to the role through his prior position as Chief Executive Officer of Digital UK where he spearheaded the strategy for digital television switchover in the UK. Joining on its creation in 2005, Ennals was responsible for all operational and strategic activity at Digital UK. He departed at the beginning of 2008, after the successful Whitehaven switchover, to take up a position with Nike Inc in the US as President of Global Commerce for Cole Haan, the group's footwear and leather goods division.
Ennals has held senior-level consumer marketing and commercial management roles within numerous other leading brands including Universal Music and Pictures, Lloyds TSB, British Airways, Reebok and Mars.
Tim Davie, Director of Audio & Music, BBC, said:
"I am delighted that Ford has accepted one of the biggest jobs in UK radio. He is a high calibre executive with a proven track record, and I'm confident he will help the industry make real progress in delivering a step change in radio's digital development."
Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive, Radio Centre, said:
"It really is an exciting time in radio at the moment, with the publication of the Digital Economy Bill enabling radio to compete in the digital age, the announcement yesterday (Thursday) of the UK Radioplayer, which will launch next year, and now the appointment of Ford as the new chief executive of Digital Radio UK which is fantastic news for the entire radio industry - there's a real momentum."
Ford Ennals, said:
"Digital radio is a great development for listeners and the industry. It brings a host of benefits, and with the establishment of Digital Radio UK and the publication of the Digital Economy Bill, we now have the exciting opportunity to extend those benefits to everyone. I am greatly looking forward to playing my role in making that happen."
Leading executives across the broad spectrum of the commercial radio industry echoed their support for the Ford Ennals appointment. Ashley Tabor (Global), Travis Baxter (Bauer), Stuart Taylor (GMG), Donnach O'Driscoll (Absolute), Michael Betton (Lincs FM), and Rupert Allison (CN Group), said:
"Ford's appointment signals how serious we are about achieving the criteria set out by Government to move this industry into the digital world. To have somebody with such expertise to lead that strategy and deliver its benefits to the listener is great news."
About Digital Radio UK
Digital Radio UK is the company tasked with establishing digital as the leading radio format in the UK and ensuring its wide availability and continuing take up among the UK's 46 million radio listeners.
Funded and supported by commercial radio, the BBC and Arqiva, Digital Radio UK is the central industry communicator on digital radio, working closely with all parties with an interest in digital radio, from broadcasters and the car industry to manufacturers and retailers, to deliver the consumer and economic benefits of digital radio upgrade, which include more station choice, better sound quality and greater functionality for radio listeners.