Capital Radio faces upheaval after key sales appointment

Capital Radio’s decision to appoint Fru Hazlitt, the former head of client sales at Capital Radio, to the top post at the new sales house, Capital Sales and Marketing, has sparked the first wave of staff defections within the Capital Radio Group.

Capital Radio’s decision to appoint Fru Hazlitt, the former head of

client sales at Capital Radio, to the top post at the new sales house,

Capital Sales and Marketing, has sparked the first wave of staff

defections within the Capital Radio Group.



Duncan George, the sales director at Capital Radio, and Andrew Oldham,

the sales director of MSM, are both quitting the company, despite having

been offered alternative posts. George’s departure takes immediate

effect; Oldham will stay on for the foreseeable future to head MSM

before it is wound up.



The final structure of Capital Sales and Marketing will be thrashed out

over the next week and staff from Capital and MSM have until next Friday

to decide whether they wish to take up new positions within the

company.



Ultimately, Capital Sales and Marketing will comprise a total of 135

people, made up of two sales controllers and eight teams.



Hazlitt, who joined Capital Radio Sales four years ago from the

Guardian, takes the title of sales director with a place on the board.

She will report to Paul Davies, commercial director of the Capital Radio

Group, and her appointment takes immediate effect.



The future of Kathryn Jacob, the sales director at Virgin Radio, and her

team, will be decided in three months’ time when the Radio Authority has

completed its public interest review.



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