MacKenzie sacks senior management at UK's Talk Radio

- Kelvin MacKenzie, the new chief executive of the UK's Talk Radio, has fired the radio station's senior management after winning control of the station in a bid backed by his former boss Rupert Murdoch.

- Kelvin MacKenzie, the new chief executive of the UK's Talk Radio, has fired the radio station's senior management after winning control of the station in a bid backed by his former boss Rupert Murdoch.

MacKenzie, the former editor of The Sun, said he had dismissed Talk Radio head Paul Robinson, who led a failed management buyout bid for the station.

Also out is John Simons, programming head, and Stan Park, commercial director. Under the new line-up, MacKenzie becomes chairman and chief executive while Jonathan Goodwin, a former executive at Apax Partners, becomes chief operating officer. Former executive editor of the Press Association Mike Parry joins as programming director.

The changes come less than two weeks after MacKenzie's TalkCo consortium agreed to buy CLT-UFA's Talk Radio stake in a deal that valued the national commercial radio station at £24.7 million ($41 million).

TalkCo is backed by venture capital group MVI and Sun owner News International.



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