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Bauer Media has appointed Owen Ryan as group programme director across 16 Place radio stations in the North of England and Scotland. The new role will see Ryan, who joined Bauer in February last year as Hallam FM programme director, lead the programme directors and look to create a content strategy to enhance and drive listener loyalty. He will work closely with director of music Gary Stein.

The BBC has been criticised for offering overly generous relocation packages to entice London staff to its new base at MediaCityUK. According to a report by the National Audit Office for the BBC Trust, some staff were paid an excessive amount to move to Salford while management had failed to properly document the moves of others who were exempted from the standard relocation package.

The resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson gave the BBC Sport website its biggest ever non-Olympics week. A total of 17.3million unique UK browsers visited the site, which is now managed from the BBC's MediaCityUK base.

PR agency Tangerine has promoted Jo Dudley and Marie Carter to its senior management team. Dudley, who leads Tangerine’s automotive and transport client portfolio, will now be responsible for ‘Brand Tangerine’, working alongside group MD Sandy Lindsay to develop the external face of the agency.

We said it would be the north's biggest gathering of the creative and media industries this year - and we're pleased to say we weren't wrong. With 48 hours still to go to the main event, over 550 people have now bought tickets for the first ever Prolific North Awards.

Manchester-based Origin Creative is to conduct a rebrand of accountancy firm Beever and Struthers. The agency has been tasked with developing a brand positioning that reflects Beever and Struthers’ heritage and ambition while creating consistency across communications with clients and stakeholders.

Manchester Digital, the independent trade association for the North West’s digital sector, has named Rachel Thompson as its new events and marketing manager.

Steve Penk's Revolution Radio has appointed Simon Walker as commercial director. Walker joins from Stockport-based Pure Innovations, and prior to that he was managing director of Tameside Radio.

It was a triumphant night for northern-based radio at the Sony Awards last night. Radio 5 live was the night's big winner, taking home the coveted UK Station of the Year prize ahead of Classic FM and the BBC Asian Network.

Ian Briggs has left TheBusinessDesk.com to become head of media relations at Finn Communications. Briggs, who has also had spells on the Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus in Bradford, joined the site when it launched in 2007.

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