Jon Kirby
Programme Director
PCHR, 104.8 Channel 4
United Arab Emirates

Currently based in the UAE as Programme Director for market leading CHR station 104.8 Channel 4 Jon is enjoying the stations highest audience figures on record. This is Jon’s second stint in the Middle East having spent 2016 and 2017 as PD for the Arabian Radio Networks heritage AC station Dubai 92 which enjoyed record revenue figures as Jon launched sister stations 92 Smooth and 92 Rock and the Dubai 92 More Awards. In between times Jon spent 2018 in Singapore as Group PD overseeing the fortunes of MediaCorp’s 11 stations. Successes included CHR station 987s highest audience figures in 15 years and AC station Class 95’s rise to number one in the market.

Jon’s radio career began in regional radio in the UK as PD for GMG Radio’s Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio brands in the North East. In his first 5 years flagship station Real Radio won an unpredicted six Sony Radio Academy Awards, including a prestigious Gold Award for the UKs Breakfast Show of the Year. Following Global’s acquisition of GMG Radio Jon focused his attentions on relaunching Smooth Radio taking it to number one for this first time in its history in just 18 months.