Phil Roberts, Head of Regional and Local Programmes, North East & Cumbria


Last updated April 2009

Phil Roberts is Head of Regional and Local Programmes in the North East and Cumbria.

He is responsible for all the broadcast and online output produced locally by the BBC including BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Tees, Look North, Inside Out and the BBC websites for the region.

Phil has had an extensive radio career, having become the youngest commercial radio Managing Director at the age of 26 when he headed up Red Dragon FM in Cardiff.

He started his career in his home town of Wrexham where he presented the breakfast show on MFM for five years before joining Emap Radio in 1995, where he went on to became Managing Director of Metro Radio in Newcastle and Piccadilly Radio in Manchester.

In 2000, Phil became Emap's Group Programme Director responsible for the group's big city output and launching the Smash Hits radio show which went on to win a Sony Radio Gold.

In 2002, Phil was voted as the most influential person in music radio after he was appointed as Managing Director for music and events at Emap.

After 10 years working in commercial radio Phil joined the BBC in 2005 as Managing Editor of BBC Leeds.

He moved to BBC Radio Merseyside on attachment as Acting Managing Editor in 2007 before taking up his current role.