ARN’s iHeartRadio announces new hires across content, music teams
Australian Radio Network (ARN) has announced two new hires responsible for music programming and operations across its iHeartRadio division.
Leanne Stamps has been appointed music director & programmer, while Shannon Fong will take on the role of music & operations manager.
Stamps joins iHeartRadio from the Grant Boadcasters-owned K Rock in Geelong, where she held the role of music director and also worked across on-air and producing.
Fong has held programming roles on Foxtel’s music channels and more recently at the ABC.
Both recruits will report to iHeartRadio’s content director, Brett ‘Nozz’ Nossiter.
“Lee and Shannon bring a wealth of music programming experience and knowledge, and will be valuable additions to the content team,” Nossiter said in a statement.
“In these roles, they will be responsible for enhancing, building, and growing the content offering as part of ARN’s continued commitment to investing in iHeartRadio to cement its place as Australia’s audio entertainment app of choice.”
Stamps’ role was previously occupied by Miranda Boyce and her appointment, along with the arrival of Fong, follows a period of strategic change for iHeartRadio in Australia.
Its chief operating officer, Geraint Davies, exited last year, and ARN’s chief content officer, Duncan Campbell, then flagged a strategic shift and increased focus on the platform in the year ahead.
Then in January, it was announced Corey Layton would absorb additional responsibilities.
Layton had been head of commercial audio and podcasts and is now head of digital audio, which includes the wider iHeartRadio and podcasting strategy.
ARN also revealed it is in “advanced discussions” regarding “several significant partnership opportunities” for for iHeartRadio following parent company HT&E’s financial results last month.