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CMU’s One Liners: Mute, Columbia, OfCom, and more

By , and | Published on Friday 3 October 2014


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• The Mute Group has promoted David McGinnis, a Mute man since 1999, to the position of Head Of Mute Song, the firm’s publishing company. An “excited and honoured” McGinnis takes over the job from Andrew King, who’ll move into a consulting capacity.

• Steph Seager, formerly of Domino Records and most recently of Stellar PR, is returning to former employer Columbia Records, within Sony Music UK, as Senior Radio Promotions Manager.

• Boss of UK media regulator OfCom Ed Richards is to resign as Chief Exec at the end of this year. Richards, who has held the position since 2006, has said he feels it is “the right time to move on”. His successor is expected to be ID’d soon.

• Hot on the heels of its recent Sonos tie up, Deezer has announced a new global alliance with hi-fi firm Bose via which the streaming firm’s standard premium service (ie standard quality audio) will go live in the US for the first time.

CMU approved band Rökkurró have announced that they will release their new album, ‘Innra’, on 27 Oct. You’ll also be able to catch live them at Iceland Airwaves next month, as well as being one of the bands to perform as part of Eurosonic Noorderslag’s Iceland focus in January.

• The nominations are out for this year’s UK Music Video Awards, and hey, here’s a thing, Metronomy lead the way with six noms. The prize-giving takes place on 10 Nov at London’s Southbank Centre, this parallel to the first ever Music Vid Fest conference, which will highlight the business of creativity in music videos. Info via

• Music Week held its first ever sync awards last night, where I’m sure everyone moved around the room in perfect synchronisation to any music being played. Fans of lists of winners are going to be in for special treat if they click this link.

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