Jason is responsible for delivering all of the BBC’s live music events and concert coverage across BBC Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music.
He also has responsibility for BBC Introducing, an initiative supporting new and emerging musicians across the BBC.
Last updated September 2013
Jason is the Head of Popular Music, Live Music events & BBC Introducing. He is responsible for delivering all of the BBC’s live music events and concert coverage across BBC Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music.
His responsibilities include such events as Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the BBC Proms In Hyde Park, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park (with a live audience of 80,000 people) and special BBC Radio concerts - in 2013 these featured Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart and Muse among others.
Jason is also Editor of BBC Introducing – the pan-BBC initiative supporting new and unsigned artists and bands. His remit is to consolidate all contemporary, unsigned music from around the corporation, providing unique opportunities for artists, and to increase the reach of new music to audiences.
Under Jason's leadership, over 40 BBC Introducing local radio shows have been launched across the UK. The initiative also runs across Radio 1, Radio 2, 6Music, Radio 1Xtra, the Asian Network and at bbc.co.uk/introducing. The initiative launched in June 2007 with its own stage at Glastonbury and has championed more than 600 new artists with some unique opportunities to date.
In 2012, Jason was Event Director for Radio 1 and 1Xtra with responsibility for all events and activity connected with London Festival 2012. He was responsible for the successful delivery of Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend festival, the biggest ever live music event in the station’s history.
The event saw 100,000 music fans enjoy 100 international and UK acts, including Jay-Z and Rihanna, perform on Hackney Marshes across 6 stages, with coverage broadcast across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Three and via BBC Online.
Jason led on the strategy, planning and delivery for the event including managing the major partnerships with Hackney Council, the Metropolitan Police, Festival Republic and London 2012. In 2013 Jason received a Police Commendation for the Hackney Weekend, for delivery of a safe major music festival in London.
He was also responsible for the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy, the stations’ most ambitious ever programme of social action which ran for the three weeks in the run up to the Hackney Weekend. The Academy offered practical advice and workshops to young people from East London and beyond, featuring master-classes from Leona Lewis, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and many more inspirational figures.
Both the Academy and the Hackney Weekend received widespread praise in the media with the Guardian’s five star review describing it as 'an Olympics precursor that can only be judged as a gold-medal production.”
Jason was previously Editor, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra Live Music & Events and he has a track record in creating and delivering large scale events. His credits include creating and delivering Radio 1's Big Weekend, the station’s annual flagship event and one of the corporation's key events.
Jason has also overseen major artists' moments on Radio 1, including Eminem at Milton Keynes Bowl and Take That and Foo Fighters shows at Wembley. Ground-breaking new events like 1Xtra Live (the only free urban music event in the UK) and Switch Live (the BBC's first under-18s live event) - which in 2010 became Radio 1's Teen Awards, were introduced under Jason's tenure. He also commissioned Radio 1 activities at major festivals including: Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Creamfields.
Between 2001 and 2007 Jason was Executive Producer, Live Music & Events at Radio 1. Prior to moving to Radio 1, Jason spent time as a music agent, label manager and artist manager before working in live music promotion at one of the biggest UK music promoters, The Mean Fiddler (now known as Festival Republic).