The Wireless Group today announced two senior role changes for its Irish operations. Margaret Nelson, current Chief Executive of FM104, has been appointed Station Director for FM104 and Q102. Scott Williams will move from his current role as Chief Executive of Q102, into a new role as Group Content Director for all Wireless Ireland stations.
Both Williams and Nelson’s names are synonymous with Irish radio and they each perform sterling work on their respective stations. Margaret has been CEO of FM104 from 2008, leading the station to become the market leader among Dublin music stations. She was also part of the team that successfully won the licence for Cork’s Red FM in 2002. Under her leadership FM104’s weekly listenership has reached an impressive 320,000 listeners with a market share of 10.9%*. Named Irish Tatler Business Woman of the year in 2010, Margaret has also served 5 years on the board of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
As well as holding the CEO role of Q102, which has a weekly listenership of 175,000, Williams is also anchor of the station’s Drive @ 5 show. He also holds the honour of being the first voice heard on Irish commercial radio at the launch of FM104 in the summer of 1989. After a period with GWR Group in the UK he returned to Ireland to successfully launch Limerick’s Live 95. Scott was also co-founder of Lite FM, which enjoyed the most successful launch ever of an Irish radio station and led the rebrand to Q102 in 2004. As Chief Executive he has developed the service to be one of the top tier of Dublin commercial broadcasters.
The new roles will see the pair collaborate on content across both stations, creating an engaging portfolio offering for both listeners and advertisers to create and build future growth.
Margaret Nelson said: “These may be changing and challenging times for media owners but there are huge opportunities in the Dublin market place for those who get it right. As part of the News Corp stable of media assets, Wireless is well positioned to offer a very strong integrated strategy to the market. I’m personally very excited to be working across two hugely successful heritage stations and working with two dynamic and talented teams with many of Ireland’s most experienced and successful radio executives."
Scott Williams said: "The relationship between listener and radio station is deep and special. At the heart of this is our outstanding content which must be timely, relevant and interesting. I am thrilled to be working with our stellar Wireless teams in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Drogheda to further develop our market leading brands with exciting new listener-driven content. I have exciting plans for the future and can’t wait to get started as Group Content Director.
*(JNLR/IPSOS MRBI – 2017/2 – data 2016/2017)