Former EMAP boss to head South Wales FM radio bid

Former EMAP radio chief Tim Schoonmaker is expected to re-emerge in the radio industry this week, as submissions are revealed for the Swansea FM licence.

Former EMAP radio chief Tim Schoonmaker is expected to re-emerge in the radio industry this week, as submissions are revealed for the Swansea FM licence.

The ex-EMAP Performance chief executive is thought to be leading the bid for a foreign company that has not previously applied for a UK radio licence. He is expected to make an announcement later this week.

Schoonmaker has been away from the UK radio scene since quitting EMAP in January 2004, apparently after becoming frustrated at not being given a seat on the group’s board. Almost immediately he was linked with venture capitalist Advent International, which wanted to buy into the UK radio market (MW January 19, 2004).

Commercial licences have proved a lure to foreign investors, with US group Emmis Communications among the 19 competitors for the Manchester FM licence, which was awarded to GCap Media’s Xfm in June.

Schoonmaker had been credited with helping to make EMAP Radio the UK’s second-largest radio group, with a portfolio that includes Kiss, Magic and Kerrang!. He was the first to suggest putting radio on the Freeview digital television platform.

After leaving EMAP, Schoonmaker became chief executive of Odeon cinemas but quit following its sale to venture capitalist Terra Firma (MW October 11, 2004).

Latest from Marketing Week

NOT REGISTERED? IT'S FREE, QUICK AND EASY!

Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now

THE BEST CONTENT

Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.

THE BIGGEST ISSUES

From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3711 or email subscriptions@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here