CRA CEO Ford Ennals looks to the future

Ford Ennals has now established himself in the new role as CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, replacing Joan Warner as she hangs up the gloves after close to 20 years

Boasting a wealth of knowledge, Ford moved from his role as CEO of Digital Radio UK to take up his new Australian position in the place of Warner. 

In an email today, Ennals formally introduced himself by highlighting his excitement and pride in taking up the new role. 

“I am incredibly honoured to have started in the role of CEO of Commercial Radio Australia. My Australian mum would have been proud,” Ennals said. 

“It’s truly a privilege to represent the Australian commercial radio industry and I am keen to hear your views about the challenges and opportunities facing our sector.”

Ennals has spent the last 10 years working in the UK digital sphere and brings great experience into the role.

“It has been exciting to see the growth of digital radio in the UK with 65% of all radio listening now done via DAB and streaming, stimulating commercial radio growth and record ad revenues,” Ennals said. 

Now trying his hand at the developing Australian market, Ennals is excited about the opportunities and possibilities.

“This is an exciting time for radio and the overall audio sphere,” he said.

“Australia has one of the most advanced and dynamic radio and audio markets in the world and is enjoying strong innovation and growth with digital radio, apps, podcasts and smart speakers all playing an increasing role.”

“I am confident there is much further to go in Australia’s radio and digital audio growth story. I look forward to working with you to realise the possibilities.”

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