Long-time RTE employee to be new Radio 1 boss
AN RTE veteran has been appointed as new head of Radio 1. Jim Jennings replaces Ana Leddy, who earlier this year decided not to renew her contract.
Mr Jennings (48) has worked in RTE for almost 20 years and started his career as a researcher on 'The Pat Kenny Show'.
More recently, he was executive producer of 'The Late Late Show' and also oversaw a revamp in 2006 of a number of programmes including 'The Rose of Tralee'.
Originally from Clontarf, Dublin, Mr Jennings has also worked as an editor for US publishing house Harper Collins.
RTE sources described the role yesterday as a "tough one" considering the lean advertising market and increased competition from other radio stations.
But Mr Jennings said he was delighted to be moving back to radio, despite the challenges.
"Radio 1 occupies a unique place in the daily lives of over a million listeners," he said yesterday.
"As a mixed-genre station, Radio 1 also has unique challenges and opportunities and I look forward to getting to grips with both."
Claire Duignan, RTE Radio 1 managing director, said Mr Jennings was the best candidate for the job considering his wide editorial experience across a number of areas.
Mr Jennings replaces Ms Leddy, who will remain with RTE as a producer, in the New Year.
Her assault on the radio station in 2006 left some presenters out in the dark but she extended 'Liveline' and 'Five Seven Live' to give Joe Duffy and Mary Wilson more airtime.