Chairman of Digital Radio UK to step down

Digital Radio UK, the digital radio industry body, has announced that its Chairman, Adam Singer, has decided to step down from his position at the end of this year after 10 years in the role.

Commenting on his decision to leave, Mr Singer (pictured) said: “Over the last decade the radio sector has grabbed digital transmission to make a new landscape of broadcasting. It’s been like watching a sparse analogue garden revel in digital compost to create a jungle of choice. To be at DRUK through this time was to share that excitement, and it’s been a privilege to watch my colleagues from the BBC, Global, Bauer, Arqiva, and DRUK’s CEO, Ford Ennals, take digital listening from 20 to 57 per cent, to become the de facto and inexorable ‘norm’ for listening.”

Mr Singer has had an eminent career in broadcasting and telecoms, working in the UK, US, France and Japan. He launched the Discovery Channel in Europe and helped to create UKTV with the BBC. Currently he is Chair UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), and on the board of the Sixteen and Bletchley Park.

Will Harding, Chief Strategy Officer at Global, has been appointed to the position of Digital Radio UK Chairman, effective from January 2020, with Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, reporting to him. Mr Harding has served on the DRUK Board since 2010.

Mr Ennals added: “We are very sad to see Adam go and thank him for everything he has done to support digital radio and the Digital Radio UK team and shareholders since his appointment in 2010.

“It has been a real pleasure to work for Adam in that time and he has been unfailingly passionate and considerate as a Chairman and colleague. Adam is a great visionary and dreamer, a dragon and Game of Thrones fan and a true petrol-head, so we will follow his future moves wherever they take him with great interest.”