Absolute Radio chief operating officer Clive Dickens is exiting the company after nearly five years to relocate to Sydney to be nearer his Australian family.
Dickens will take up the role there of director of digital and innovation at Southern Cross Austereo, while his Absolute responsibilities will be divided between chief executive officer Donnach O'Driscoll and chief financial officer Adrian Robinson. Absolute says content director Tony Moorey will take on more responsibility for programming and content aross the Absolute Radio Network.
His departure, which will happen in the spring, comes amid speculation about the future ownership of Absolute. Former Virgin Radio chief executive John Pearson is reported to have withdrawn a bid for the radio group, which is owned by TIML Radio, leaving Bauer Media as the frontrunner.
O'Driscoll said: “We wish Clive the very best as he embarks on a new chapter of his life and career in Australia. His contribution to the business over the last five years has been nothing short of enormous. He has, in that time, fostered and developed a great team of people and Adrian and I look forward to working even more closely with them. ”
Dickens added:“During an amazing 2012 Absolute Radio achieved a 12-year record Rajar high in audience, including going to numebr one commercial brand in 15-plus males in London plus being voted commercial radio station of the year. I am really sad to leave but it has always been an ambition to live closer to my family in Australia and this opportunity to work within the wider Asia Pacific Digital economy is the chance of a lifetime. Absolute Radio is in great shape and I will be leaving it in great hands.”