Clear Channel International has drafted in Jay Conroy to replace
the chief executive of Katz UK, Simon Lynds, throwing into doubt the
future of the radio sales house’s senior management and its 25-strong
Conroy, who arrives from the US this week, takes on the title of
managing director of CCI Radio sales.
Details of the Katz-CCI merger are about to be finalised. There has been
a depletion of senior management at Katz since last October, leaving the
commercial director David Goffin in charge of the sales team and its 80
An inside source said Goffin had already approached senior management
about leaving the company.
According to an agency source: ’ Morale is very low at Katz. Many of its
clients are uncertain about the changes as it is no longer an
independent sales outfit. The sales force could quit if CCI does not
resolve the situation.’
However, CCI representatives emphasised the importance of bringing the
new sales staff to the business and said that it would fight hard to
stop Katz from disbanding.
Jonathan Bass, development director at CCI, said: ’We are keen to get
Katz people into the building as soon as possible. It would be
short-sighted for sales staff to leave and miss a good career
The existing sales staff at CCI Radio Sales amount to a team of 40,
which includes the Katz sales team.
Conroy previously worked at CCI in the US, where he ran a group of CCI
stations in South Carolina.