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UTV Radio local network MD steps down

By | Published on Tuesday 6 January 2009

The Group MD for UTV Radio’s local stations division, Chris Hurst, is to leave the radio firm, after eighteen years with the company. Hurst was seen as playing a key role in expanding UTV’s place in the local radio market, increasing the firm’s assets from one to seventeen stations.

Confirming his departure, part of “ongoing restructuring” at UTV’s radio division, Hurst told reporters: “I have had the pleasure of working alongside some very talented individuals and we have had some tremendous high points… I wish everyone at UTV all the best for the future”.

UTV said in a statement: “Chris has been a longstanding and popular member of the team and all at UTV wish him the very best with his future endeavours”.

Hurst will continue to be Chairman of Chester radio station Dee 106.3 in which UTV Radio has a stake (it carries UTV programming overnight) though which isn’t officially part of the UTV local radio network (at least I don’t think it is).