Exec changes at Planet Rock

By | Published on Thursday 28 March 2013

Planet Rock

As digital station Planet Rock moved into the London HQ of its new parent company Bauer Media yesterday, a few new executive appointments were made at the rock service.

Most notably, the station’s long-time Programme Director Trevor White departed, with Planet Rock’s Senior Producer Liz Barnes taking over day-to-day scheduling in a new role as Programme Manager, and Bauer’s Music And Content Director Ric Blaxill becoming ultimately responsible for programming on the digital service moving forward.

While there is no sign as yet that Bauer might merge Planet Rock with its existing rock radio channel Kerrang! Radio, Blaxill isn’t the only existing Bauer exec who will have influence over the new acquisition. The media firm’s Alex Baker, currently Commercial Programming Manager for Kerrang!, will become Head Of Commercial Programming for both rock stations.

Confirming Planet Rock would fall under Blaxill’s remit, Bauer Radio MD Steve Parkinson told CMU: “Ric is a passionate programmer with extensive rock credentials who really cares about music and the radio industry. He is a chair of The Ivor Novello songwriting awards, strums a mean bass and has even played for Iron Maiden’s football team. With such great all-round experience, we are confident that he will continue to increase the success and popularity of Planet Rock by providing quality music and the best possible listening experience for rock music fans”.

Meanwhile on the departing White he added: “We’d like to put on record our thanks to Trevor for all his hard work in turning Planet Rock into the successful digital station it is today”.