George Ergatoudis to leave Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Over the past decade, George has been a key part of Radio 1’s discovery of new music for young audiences and has continued to support British artists, giving them a platform for success. He has built a strong team at Radio 1 and 1Xtra with excellent contacts across the industry. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him all the very best for the future.Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra
Date: 15.12.2015     Last updated: 15.12.2015 at 10.59
George Ergatoudis, Head of Music BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, has announced today that he is leaving Radio 1 & 1Xtra after 10 years in the job to take up a new position at Spotify.

George will leave the BBC in March next year and the process for finding the next Head of Music for Radio 1 & 1Xtra has already begun.

Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, says: “Over the past decade, George has been a key part of Radio 1’s discovery of new music for young audiences and has continued to support British artists, giving them a platform for success. He has built a strong team at Radio 1 and 1Xtra with excellent contacts across the industry. We would like to thank him for all his hard work, and wish him all the very best for the future.

“Radio 1 has a rich history of developing presenters, producers and leaders, and we see this as being a key part of what we bring to the industry.”

George Ergatoudis says: “It's been a privilege to have played a key part in the journey of the world's greatest music radio station over the last 10 years. In that time, Radio 1 has successfully moved into a new era of visual and shareable content, helping to drive new young audiences to the BBC. Now I'm ready for the next chapter in my career as I take on responsibility for leading Spotify's in-house music curation strategy and content programming for the UK. I can't wait to get started.”

With over 20 years of experience in the radio industry, George has an in-depth knowledge and passion for contemporary music across all genres, an excellent music industry reputation and a gift for spotting new music talent. He was nominated for a prestigious Sony Radio Music Programming Award in 2009, was positioned at number seven in The Guardian’s Music Power 100 list published in May 2011 and was named in the 2015 Sunday Times-Debretts list of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

Prior to being Head of Music, George managed Radio 1Xtra’s music policy (2000-2005) and was responsible for championing key UK talent such as Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Ms Dynamite alongside major US artists such as Jay Z, Eminem, Kanye West and Pharrell. At Radio 1, he has championed a diverse range of artists including Mumford & Sons, The 1975, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Bring Me The Horizon and London Grammar.

Before moving into music strategy, George was a producer, working at Radio 1 (1997-2000) producing the likes of Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo. Previously at Kiss 100 FM (1991-1997), he served as a senior producer looking after their specialist and weekend output, and later, all the daytime shows. While at Kiss, George won a Sony Gold Award for producing Steve Jackson’s Breakfast Show. In April 2015, Musexpo, the international music industry conference, honoured him with their highly distinguished International Music Person of the Year Award.

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