Xfm chief stands down

By | Published on Wednesday 1 August 2012


Xfm boss Andy Ashton is stepping down for a second time after a second two year stint running the alternative station. He will be replaced by Chris Baughen, a former producer at the station and currently Executive Producer of the Capital FM breakfast show, who will take the title Managing Editor.

Confirming the appointment, Richard Park, Director Of Broadcasting at station owners Global told reporters: “Chris is a highly experienced and dedicated programmer with a real passion for radio and especially Xfm. His leadership and commitment will be a tremendous asset to everyone at the station. I would like to thank Andy for all his hard work and enthusiasm during his time with Global Radio and we wish him every success with his new ventures”.

Chris Baughen himself added: “Xfm has always been special to me both as a listener and a programmer and I can’t wait to get stuck in! It’s my aim to take the station to even greater heights, building on the past twenty years of fantastic music and groundbreaking presenters”.

And a departing Andy Ashton added: “I’ve had an absolutely fantastic time at Xfm and Global Radio over the last 20 months. It’s an amazing company and I will miss the people greatly. I am extremely proud to be handing over a network with a revitalised energy, a strong identity and a roster of talent to die for. The culture of creativity and innovation we have built will benefit the network for years to come”.