Bob Shennan - Director, Radio & Music, BBC

A Cambridge graduate, Bob started his career as a journalist in commercial radio, at Hereward Radio, later joining the BBC in 1987. He progressed to a variety of senior roles in BBC Sport including the position of Head of BBC Sport, and was responsible for overseeing all sport on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News 24, BBC national and local radio and the BBC’s sport online.

Bob was appointed Controller of 5 Live (2002) and launched 5 Live Sports Extra as Controller. During his tenure, 5 Live reached a record audience in 2002 of just under 7 million listeners. In late 2004 he was given overall managerial responsibility for BBC Asian Network.

Bob left the BBC in early 2008 to lead Channel Four Radio. Following his departure from the venture in October 2008, Bob was appointed Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music in January 2009, and lead the network through the transition of Terry Wogan’s departure from Wake Up To Wogan (2009), to the launch of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show (2010).

From 2009 until 2011, Bob was the Chairman of the Radio Academy, a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production.

Once again appointed controller of Asian Network (2011) and appointed Head of Popular Music, he was subsequently elected to the board of the prestigious Country Music Association.

In March 2014, Bob was appointed Director of BBC Music, replacing his role as Controller of Popular Music.  BBC Music was launched with God Only Knows, an extraordinary reworking of The Beach Boys’ classic song uniting 27 internationally acclaimed artists from across the musical genres, a film which has had 10.8m views on YouTube to date. He oversaw the launch of the inaugural BBC Music Awards (2014) featuring One Direction, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.

In October 2016, he was appointed Director of Radio & Music, reporting to James Purnell in the newly-created Radio & Education division.

A lifelong Liverpool FC fan, Bob is a Trustee of the Roundhouse venue in Camden and vice-chairman of BBC Children in Need.