Tributes to radio exec and broadcaster John Myers

Tributes to radio exec and broadcaster John Myers

Radio exec and broadcaster John Myers has died aged 60. 

Myers’ son Scott issued a statement on social media about his father, who died following a suspected heart attack.

“He went through life with a smile, his glass was always half full and no matter how much life got you down he always found the humour,” said Scott Myers.

John Myers was a leading radio industry exec who launched stations and oversaw government reviews. He was also a broadcaster on BBC Radio Cumbria.

Myers started his career in radio in 1980 at BBC Radio Cumbria before moving on to become the managing director of Border Radio in 1993.

In the late ‘90s, he became the chief executive of the Guardian Media Group and played an instrumental role in the development of the Real Radio, Rock Radio and Smooth Radio brands.

In 2005, Myers was awarded a fellowship by the Radio Academy for this contribution to radio. In 2010, Radio Centre presented him with an outstanding achievement award.

The Radio Academy described him as “one of radio’s true characters and an architect of regional radio”.

Myers launched commercial radio station CFM in Carlisle and Century Radio in North-East England. A decade ago, he was tasked with producing a government review of local radio an later oversaw a review of the BBC’s music and local radio operations.

There have been tributes from broadcasters and execs including Christian O’Connell, Jeremy Vine, Tony Blackburn and Ashley Tabor.

By Nick O'Leary

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