Bob Shennan

Roles and responsibilities

  • Bob is responsible for the editorial content, leadership and overall management of Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network.
  • His role is to lead the commissioning of distinctive programming. 
  • He has overall responsibility for developing and sustaining a strong talent base of artists, performers, writers, creative musicians and contributors, and to continually seek out and nurture original and fresh talent.
  • In addition Bob is the BBC Controller for Popular Music. This includes overseeing BBC-wide pop music events such as Glastonbury. 
  • Bob is a member of the Radio Group Board.

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £215,241
Total remuneration: £223,041

These details were last updated in November 2013 when Bob Shennan's salary and remuneration were last adjusted.


Last updated March 2010

Bob Shennan is Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music, and Asian Network.

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 for 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. He introduced an evolution process that saw the network increase its budget, appoint a new management team and revise the station's schedule to complete its transition to a national digital 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 and introduced Paul O'Grady, Alan Carr and Zoe Ball to Radio 2 in spring 2009.

Bob also led Radio 2 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.

In February 2009, Bob was appointed as the Chairman of the Radio Academy, a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production.

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