The Radio Independents Group in the United Kingdom has announced the appointment of Will Jackson as its first managing director.
Jackson, who previously worked for the BBC and Ofcom and is a correspondent for Radio World, will collaborate with Chair Phil Critchlow and the RIG Board, as part of a support team. The team also includes RIG’s policy and communications adviser Tim Wilson and media and IP expert Paul March, who will provide legal and business affairs advice.
According to reports, the appointment comes in the wake of increasing demands from the country’s growing independent radio and audio sector. Jackson will continue to develop the group’s relationship with the BBC as well as commercial clients and other sectors, both in the U.K. and internationally.
Immediate priorities include managing a planned RIG training scheme; exploring new commercial opportunities and developing further services for RIG members.
“The RIG Board is delighted that Will has agreed to be our first MD. His great knowledge of, and experience in, our industry made him the natural choice amongst a strong field. As RIG grows as a trade association we know he will satisfy the growing demands of our sector,” said RIG Chair Phil Critchlow.
“I am delighted to take up this position at what is a crucial time for RIG,” said Jackson. “The sector continues to show enormous creativity and deliver groundbreaking projects, yet there is much work to be done to ensure it gets the external recognition it deserves, whilst providing a growing range of high quality services to its members.”