Friday 20 October 2017

Tim Collins steps down as chief executive of Newstalk

Tim Collins
Tim Collins
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Radio group Communicorp has announced sweeping structural changes to staff, including the merging of senior roles and elimination of CEO posts at Newstalk, Spin and 98fm, the Irish Independent understands.

The CEO of Newstalk Tim Collins is to stand down and is understood to be leaving the business, a year after taking up the post.

The CEO posts held at 98fm and Spin will also go in the restructuring, though those executives may stay with Communicorp in new roles.

Under the new plan two sales teams that serve the Communicorp stable of stations will be merged into a single unit.

A new head of music stations – including Today FM will be appointed and a new role of chief of content – which it is understood will include all of Newstalk’s output, is being created.

The changes are the most wide-ranging since British media executive Adrian Serle took over as CEO of the overall Communicorp business in November last year. 

A former doctor, barrister and government advisor, Tim Collins joined Newstalk from Sligo’s Ocean FM. The departure follows that of Newstalk editor in chief Garrett Harte, who left the station late last year.

It comes a week after the Irish Times replaced long time editor Kevin O’Sullivan with Paul O’Neill.

In 2016 Newstalk announced a major scheduling overhaul, launching a new Breakfast team fronted by Shane Coleman and Paul Williams and a drive time slot presented by Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney.

A spokesman for Communicorp declined to comment.

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