More execs depart Real & Smooth

By | Published on Monday 19 November 2012

Real & Smooth Limited

More execs are departing from the company that operates the Real and Smooth Radio networks, following the networking of daytime programming last week, reducing the amount of local content being produced by Real stations.

As previously reported, the MD of Real Radio Wales, Tony Dowling, recently announced he was departing the company after the number of Welsh produced shows on the station was cut. And now, according to Radio Today, a number of other staffers have been made redundant, including Real Radio Brand Director Mark Matthews, Group Head of Marketing Helen Dickinson and Communications Managers Malcolm Packer and Joe Burton.

Real & Smooth Limited, previously the radio business of the Guardian Media Group, is in the process of being acquired by Global Radio, of course, and many of those jobs being made redundant will presumably cover areas that will be handled by the parent company, assuming that takeover is approved by the regulator. There has also been much speculation that Global may reposition some of the Real and Smooth outposts under another of its quasi-national networks.

Radio Today quote Real & Smooth Limited CEO Mark Lee as saying: “The changes to Real Radio will lead to a restructure within the programming functions and this will inevitably lead to a reduction in staff. It was also an appropriate time to assess the structure of some group functions within the company, and we are also planning to reduce staff within our marketing, PR and administrative teams. These changes are no reflection on the commitment, talent and passion of the people involved but have been part of the long-term business plan for the group and are necessary to increase the efficiency and profitability of the business”.