Bob Shennan
Director of Radio and Music
United Kingdom

Bob Shennan is Director of Radio and Music for the BBC and responsible for the day-to-day running of BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 live and digital-only stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 5 live sports extra and Asian Network, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.
He also oversees BBC Music, which showcases the best emerging UK talent through more than 15 new talent schemes also bringing audiences some of the finest and most popular national events across popular and classical music.
Bob was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Lancaster and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. He started his career as a journalist in commercial radio, at Hereward Radio.
He joined the BBC in 1987 and progressed to a variety of senior roles in BBC Sport including, from 1998 to 2000, the position of Head of BBC Sport. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all sport on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News 24, BBC national and local radio and the BBC’s sport online.
In August 2000, Bob was appointed Controller of 5 Live and in September 2002, he launched 5 Live Sports Extra as Controller. During his tenure, 5 Live reached a record audience in 2002 of just under 7 million listeners. In late 2004 Bob was given overall managerial responsibility for BBC Asian Network.
Bob left the BBC in early 2008 to lead Channel Four Radio. Following his departure from the venture in October 2008, Bob was appointed Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music in January 2009. Bob lead the network through the transition of Terry Wogan’s departure from Wake Up To Wogan on Friday 18 December 2009 after 17 years, to the launch of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on January 11 2010.
In 2011, Bob was once again appointed controller of Asian Network and was appointed Head of Popular Music. In 2012, Bob was elected to the board of the prestigious Country Music Association.
In March 2014, Bob was appointed Director of BBC Music, replacing his role as Controller of Popular Music and in October 2016, he was appointed to his current role as Director of Radio & Music, reporting to James Purnell in the newly-created Radio & Education division.