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The European Broadcasting Union has appointed Edita Kudláčová as head of radio.
A senior radio and audio executive with more than 12 years’ experience at Czech Radio, Kudláčová will take up her position in March 2021.
Kudláčová joined Czech Radio in 2008 as senior international relations specialist. She became head of international relations in 2013. Her current role is chief creative producer, a post she has held since 2016, where she works both on innovative audio content production and with the national and international audio community of producers and innovators.
She has won awards in journalism and public service for her work. Her experience includes extensive collaboration with public service media outlets. She is currently a member of the EBU’s New Radio Group and former member of the International Relations Radio Group.
According to the EBU, Kudláčová will play a pivotal role in its media management team, bringing into play her public service radio credentials and management skills. She will also be key to the EBU’s Member representation, through its committees and advocacy initiatives, and central to initiating collaborations in the radio and audio genres, developing strategy, and sharing best practice.
She takes over from Graham Dixon, who is retiring at the end of the year. Dixon joined the EBU in 2015 from the BBC, where he had been managing editor of BBC Radio 3. As EBU head of Radio, he strengthened their focus on youth radio, archives and new distribution possibilities. He also successfully fostered active EBU participation from countries that had previously been less involved in the radio area.
“We’ve searched extensively for the heir to the excellent legacy of Graham Dixon, our current head of radio, and I’m delighted to welcome Edita to the EBU,” said Jean Philip De Tender, director of media at EBU. “Her track record in innovation, inspiring creativity and delivering award-winning projects makes her a dynamic addition to the EBU Media Management team.”