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2017's ReelWorld 30 under 30 Judges

To be in the running make sure that you impress these people! Being from different areas of the industry means that our Judges are experienced in every facet.

Steve Parkinson (Chair)

Group Managing Director, National Radio, Bauer Media

Steve is responsible for the overall development of six brands within Bauer Media: Kiss, Absolute Radio, Magic, Planet Rock, Kerrang!, and heat.

Originally from Aberdeen, Steve volunteered for Grampian Hospital Radio in his teens, and went on to work in local, regional and national radio. He has previously been a presenter (not very good!), producer and programme director (better!), and marketing director as well as S&P manager in his time.

He has felt privileged to have built his knowledge and experience across several successful brands over the years including Metro, Hallam, Clyde, Heart, LBC and Galaxy. Steve now leads a team of 200 dedicated media staff and presenters in One Golden Square, and collectively the brands broadcast to over 12m listeners across the UK.

Steve believes that celebrating and championing young talent across the medium and helping them navigate the industry are prime objectives of the Academy, and therefore is delighted to be chairing the 30 under 30 once again for 2017.

Anthony Gay

Managing Director, ReelWorld

Anthony is responsible for all ReelWorld's activities in Europe and Asia. Based at MediaCityUK he leads a team of producers, composers, and consultants providing jingles and audio branding solutions to over 250 European radio stations in 31 countries including BBC Radio 1Xtra, Heart UK, RTE 2fm, Kiss UK, Los 40 Spain, Radio 2 Belgium, 104.6 RTL Berlin, and NRK P1 Norway.

Before joining ReelWorld, Anthony spent many years programming radio stations across the north of England.

Up until 2012 he was Regional Programming Director for Bauer in Yorkshire and prior to that Programme Director at Key 103, Hallam FM, and Rock FM. He was responsible for launching the long running breakfast shows Mike & Chelsea in the Morning and Big John @ Breakfast and was part of the team that won the West Midlands license for Kerrang! Radio in 2003. Whilst in Manchester he also programmed The Hits and Smash Hits Radio to become the most listened to digital radio stations in the UK.

Anthony first broadcast on hospital radio in Sheffield aged 11 but his commercial radio career started at BRMB and X-tra AM in Birmingham where he was a presenter and producer for all the station's news and sports output.



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Steve Parkinson (Chair)

Group Managing Director, National Radio, Bauer Media

Steve is responsible for the overall development of six brands within Bauer Media: Kiss, Absolute Radio, Magic, Planet Rock, Kerrang!, and heat.

Originally from Aberdeen, Steve volunteered for Grampian Hospital Radio in his teens, and went on to work in local, regional and national radio. He has previously been a presenter (not very good!), producer and programme director (better!), and marketing director as well as S&P manager in his time.

He has felt privileged to have built his knowledge and experience across several successful brands over the years including Metro, Hallam, Clyde, Heart, LBC and Galaxy. Steve now leads a team of 200 dedicated media staff and presenters in One Golden Square, and collectively the brands broadcast to over 12m listeners across the UK.

Steve believes that celebrating and championing young talent across the medium and helping them navigate the industry are prime objectives of the Academy, and therefore is delighted to be chairing the 30 under 30 once again for 2017.

Anthony Gay

Managing Director, ReelWorld

Anthony is responsible for all ReelWorld's activities in Europe and Asia. Based at MediaCityUK he leads a team of producers, composers, and consultants providing jingles and audio branding solutions to over 250 European radio stations in 31 countries including BBC Radio 1Xtra, Heart UK, RTE 2fm, Kiss UK, Los 40 Spain, Radio 2 Belgium, 104.6 RTL Berlin, and NRK P1 Norway.

Before joining ReelWorld, Anthony spent many years programming radio stations across the north of England.

Up until 2012 he was Regional Programming Director for Bauer in Yorkshire and prior to that Programme Director at Key 103, Hallam FM, and Rock FM. He was responsible for launching the long running breakfast shows Mike & Chelsea in the Morning and Big John @ Breakfast and was part of the team that won the West Midlands license for Kerrang! Radio in 2003. Whilst in Manchester he also programmed The Hits and Smash Hits Radio to become the most listened to digital radio stations in the UK.

Anthony first broadcast on hospital radio in Sheffield aged 11 but his commercial radio career started at BRMB and X-tra AM in Birmingham where he was a presenter and producer for all the station's news and sports output.

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