Bob Shennan is Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music.
BBC Music showcases the best emerging UK talent through more than 15 new talent schemes also bringing audiences some of the finest and most popular national events across popular and classical music.
During 2013/14 the BBC broadcast 41,000 hours of music making the BBC the world’s biggest music broadcaster, reaching over 50% of the UK population each week.
Last updated April 2015
Bob was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Lancaster and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and graduated with a degree in English Literature.
Bob started his career as a journalist in commercial radio, at Hereward Radio.
He joined the BBC in 1987 and progressed to a variety of senior roles in BBC Sport including, from 1998 to 2000, the position of Head of BBC Sport.
In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all sport on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News 24, BBC national and local radio and the BBC’s sport online.
In August 2000, Bob was appointed Controller of 5 Live and in September 2002, he launched 5 Live Sports Extra as Controller. During his tenure, 5 Live reached a record audience in 2002 of just under 7 million listeners.
In late 2004 Bob was given overall managerial responsibility for BBC Asian Network.
Bob left the BBC in early 2008 to lead Channel Four Radio. Following his departure from the venture in October 2008, Bob was appointed Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music in January 2009. Bob lead the network through the transition of Terry Wogan’s departure from Wake Up To Wogan on Friday 18 December 2009 after 17 years, to the launch of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on January 11 2010.
From February 2009 until 2011, Bob was the Chairman of the Radio Academy, a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production.
In 2011, Bob was once again appointed controller of Asian Network and was appointed Head of Popular Music.
In 2012, Bob was elected to the board of the prestigious Country Music Association.
In February 2013, Bob led his three networks to record RAJAR figures for Q4 2013; Radio 2 to 15.51m; 6 Music to 1.96m and Asian Network to 668k. BBC Radio 6 Music now has a weekly reach of 12.08m (Q4 2014).
In March 2014, Bob was appointed Director of BBC Music, replacing his role as Controller of Popular Music. BBC Music was launched with God Only Knows an extraordinary reworking of The Beach Boys' classic song uniting 27 internationally acclaimed artists from across the musical genres, a film which has had 10.8m views on YouTube to date. Bob oversaw the launch of the inaugural BBC Music Awards took place in December 2014 featuring One Direction, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
In 2014, Bob was appointed a Trustee of the Roundhouse venue in Camden.
A lifelong Liverpool FC fan, Bob is a board member of Children in Need.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £244,565
These details were last updated in May 2014 when Bob Shennan's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of April 2015.
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