New Managing Director and Chairman at Wireless

Wireless Group has a new Managing Director for its radio stations in Ireland, in addition to a new Chairman.

The group says Sean, who takes up the role with immediate effect, will deliver Wireless Ireland’s strategic and operational objectives and lead the company’s navigation through the many challenges facing the Irish radio industry.

Sean has been with Wireless Group since May 2000 joining as Financial Controller for Cork’s 96FM. He moved to a Commercial Director role with the same station, then to Group Financial Controller for all Wireless Ireland stations, and most recently to Commercial Director for the Wireless Ireland group.

Wireless today also announced the appointment of Padraic White as Chairman of its six Irish radio stations: FM104 & Q102 Dublin; LMFM Louth; Limerick’s Live95FM; Cork’s 96FM & C103. The former Managing Director of IDA Ireland is chairman of a number of Irish SME companies. Padraic has been involved as founder member and Chairman of Q102 Dublin since its commencement in 2000.

Commenting on the new appointments, Wireless Group CEO Scott Taunton, said: “Our priority in Ireland is to maximise our formidable capabilities across all platforms with our colleagues at News Ireland, Unruly and Storyful. Sean has superb knowledge of the market and his experience will be invaluable as we ramp up activity in Ireland. I am also extremely pleased to have a heavyweight of Padraic’s calibre as chairperson on the board of our stations and look forward to working with him more closely”.

Sean Barry, Managing Director, Wireless Group Ireland, said: “I’m excited to be taking on this new challenge. I’m very much looking forward to building upon the successes to date and continuing to work with such a talented pool of individuals as exists in Wireless Ireland – there is great potential in the Irish market, especially alongside our News Corp colleagues. Here’s to the next chapter!”

Chairman Padraic White, said: “Wireless Group stations in Ireland are some of the most recognised brands in their respective areas and the company continues to invest and innovate. Having been chairman at Dublin’s Q102 for eighteen years I am pleased that this role now extends across all of the Irish stations and I look forward to capitalising on their impressive national audience reach”.

The new arrangements have been approved by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Wireless has also appointed former Capital (London) and GCap Media executive Jo Bucci as Chief Operating Officer across UK and Ireland.

Finally, Dominic Carter has been appointed as Group Chief Commercial Officer for News UK and Wireless Group operations in the UK and Ireland. It’s a new role that will oversee all national advertising revenue for the business, including radio stations across Ireland.

Dominic said: “I am immensely proud to be given the opportunity to lead such talented sales teams across Wireless and News UK. Harnessing the power of all our brands into a cross-platform offering, and working ever more closely with Norm and the Unruly team gives us a unique proposition for advertisers and clients. I want to ensure that our clients and agency partners find working with us as easy, accessible and results-oriented as possible. We have much to offer: our engaged audiences, first party data, breadth of media, talent, brand-safe advertising environments, award-winning creativity and our ability to adapt and target customer segments. This is an exciting new chapter professionally and personally”.

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