Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BFM station manager Manu Taylor departs

Manu Taylor
Manu Taylor. Photo: CMJ 2012

Earlier today, NZ On Air posted a message on Twitter hinting that change was afoot at Auckland radio station 95BFM ...

The change was confirmed late afternoon, with the news that station manager Manu Taylor had announced yesterday that he was leaving BFM after seven years (he started there in 2008) - prior to that, he was programme director at MaiFM for a decade, and had also worked at Marbecks and Polygram Records.

The news report in the NZ Herald makes no mention of a replacement or where Taylor is off to, but does note that longtime BFM board member Chris Hocquard left the board last year.

From NZHerald: "BFM is also making a greater push into digital. The new focus is linked to a "rejuventation" [sic] of the bFM board that began last year and coincided with the departure longtime chairman Chris Hocquard last year.

"Hocquard was replaced by by Simon Telfer, who said bFM would continue to encourage new music and being adventurous...

".... Taylor said bFM had performed an important and specialised role for listeners at a time when there was increased activity from commercial stations and during the shift to digital content."

UPDATED Jan 16 2015: BFM has posted a job description for the General Manager position, applications close Feb 5. 

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