Essex Radio loses managing director as Van Pooss quits

Essex Radio’s managing director has unexpectedly quit the station.

Essex Radio’s managing director has unexpectedly quit the


Rob Van Pooss, 50, has been involved in media sales for over 20


He joined Essex Radio in 1991 from Broadcast Marketing Services, which

was on the point of collapse at the time of his departure. He commenced

his career at Essex Radio as a local and national sales agent, he

quickly moved up the ranks to sales controller in 1992, and then

managing director.

As managing director, Van Pooss launched one of the most successful

regional radio stations Vibe FM, East Anglia’s first dance station in

1997, which reaches Norwich, Ipswich, Cambridge, Peterborough and Bury

St. Edmunds.

’Rob Van Pooss left the station at the end of his contract two weeks ago

following an agreement between Rob and the Daily Mail Group made over a

year ago. A new management structure will be announced shortly,’ said a

spokesman for the Daily Mail Group. He also confirmed that Van Pooss is

currently on holiday.

’I suspect he used to run the show himself and when the Daily Mail Group

bought the station a couple of years ago, he felt less in control of the

decision-making process,’ said an agency source.

’Essex Radio is a profitable station and its revenues are growing. Rob

was the man who built the station and he has a great understanding of

the sales environment. He’s a flamboyant figure with great vision, a

colourful personality and was well liked by his staff.’

Essex Radio is one of the largest stations outside of London and has

five brands, Essex FM, Breeze, 10 17 FM, Oasis FM and Vibe FM. Katz, the

national sales house, handles all of Essex Radio sales and will continue

to do so for the forseeable future.