Co-Founder, Group Executive Director & Director of Broadcasting
Richard Park is an international prizewinning broadcaster, manager and businessman, and is renowned for building programme formats, leading three of London’s largest commercial radio stations to the number one slot in the past decade.
Richard is one of the driving forces behind Europe’s largest commercial radio group, Global Radio which owns brands including 95-106 Capital FM, the Heart network and Classic FM. His career spans radio and television broadcasting, as well as being credited with building major radio stations and breaking a host of new on air talent.
In July 2007, he joined Ashley Tabor as a founder of Global Radio, becoming Executive Director after the acquisition of Chrysalis Radio, which included Heart, Galaxy and LBC. In August 2008, following the acquisition of GCap by Global, Park became Group Executive Director and Director of Broadcasting for Global Radio. Since then he has been a driving force behind the expansion of the business, helping to create the largest radio network in the UK - Heart and has rolled out the Capital brand, to create a nine station network that rivals Radio 1 as the UK’s first national commercial hit music network.
Richard started his career in broadcasting when he joined Radio Scotland after training as a journalist in Fife. After three years as a BBC Radio presenter, Park moved to commercial radio, joining Glasgow-based Radio Clyde, winning several high profile awards during his time there.
In his next move, Richard became Director of Capital Radio, launching Capital FM/Capital Gold and it was here that he was instrumental in breaking a host of new talent. Under his leadership, all the stations in the Capital Radio Group became number one in their regions according to RAJAR figures, the official industry audience measurement company. During his time at Capital, he was directly responsible for the successful Party in the Park concerts for the Prince’s Trust and launched Wildstar Records.
He went on to establish Richard Park Consultancy in 2001, with clients including Emap, Channel 4, Express Newspapers, Universal Records, Sony Music and The Really Useful Group. Park has appeared on many television programmes, most notably as the outspoken “Headmaster” in series of BBC TV’s highly popular entertainment show Fame Academy. He also appeared as himself in the 2005 Christmas special of The Catherine Tate Show.