2015 has seen the great and good of radio making the jump to a variety of streaming companies. Earlier this year Zane Lowe went to Beats Radio and now Radio 1’s head of music, George Ergatoudis, has announced he’s leaving the BBC for Spotify.
Ergatoudis has spent the last 10 years at Radio 1 and is widely credited as spearheading the station’s move into a new digital era.
Speaking about leaving the BBC to Spotify, George Ergatoudis said: “It’s been a privilege to have played a key part in the journey of the world’s greatest music radio station over the last 10 years.
“In that time, Radio 1 has successfully moved into a new era of visual and shareable content, helping to drive new young audiences to the BBC,” explains Ergatoudis.
“Now I’m ready for the next chapter in my career as I take on responsibility for leading Spotify’s in-house music curation strategy and content programming for the UK. I can’t wait to get started.”
George Ergatoudis will leave the BBC in March next year and the process for finding the next Head of Music for Radio 1 & 1Xtra has already begun.
Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, said: “He has built a strong team at Radio 1 and 1Xtra with excellent contacts across the industry. We would like to thank him for all his hard work, and wish him all the very best for the future.
“Radio 1 has a rich history of developing presenters, producers and leaders, and we see this as being a key part of what we bring to the industry.”
Clearly, landing Ergatoudis is quite coup for Spotify as it looks to cement its position as the number one streaming service in the face of stiff competition from the likes of Tidal and Apple Music.