Camelot chief to chair commercial radio group

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Radiocentre, the trade body that represents commercial radio stations, has appointed Camelot chief executive Dianne Thompson as its new chairman.

Thompson succeeds Paul Brown, a radio veteran of more than 30 years, who is stepping down in December.

Dianne Thompson is well-respected in marketing circles and her appointment will be something of a coup for the Radiocentre, as she has experience at Camelot with lobbying regulators and the Government.

Near the top of the Radiocentre’s agenda at the moment is its response to the BBC’s local video plans. The BBC Trust is due to publish a provisional ruling on 23 November.

The Radiocentre will also be representing the industry’s concerns about the BBC’s commercial ambitions at a culture, media and sport select committee hearing tomorrow morning.

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