Radio & podcast entrepreneur
From radio trainee to podcast pioneer – three decades at the cutting edge of broadcasting
Phil Riley is a radio and podcast entrepreneur. Starting as a trainee at Birmingham-based BRMB in the 90s, he ultimately became programme controller. He launched the first ever Magic station, and led the transformation of Heart FM into one of the UK’s key industry players. Now a senior independent advisor, he has been called one of the most influential people in commercial radio. In this in-depth interview, Phil describes his journey from “doing grunt work” at BRMB to selling it as part of a reported £50m deal, discusses how micropayment models could lead to podcasts being monetised, and with over half of listeners now tuned into national digital stations, answers the question: “Can local radio survive?”
Co-editor & Founder, Air Mail
21st May 2020
Twenty-five years at the top of the glossy magazines, from high society to high-impact journalism.
Co-editor, Air Mail
21st May 2020
Taking the ‘glossy’ magazine ethos online for a global audience with high expectations
Guardian journalist & author 'The Windrush Betrayal'
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Breaking the Windrush scandal: a tip-off, months of persistence against government evasion… and ultimately the Home Secretary’s resignation
Head of Television, BBC Sport
7th May 2020
Leading the team covering the biggest sporting events in the world – and how to cope when the pandemic shuts them down.
Senior International Correspondent, CNN
30th April 2020
Going undercover in some of the world’s hottest conflict zones, highlighting the plight of the most vulnerable people