MP Andy Carter named Chair of Commercial Radio APPG


Andy Carter, the new MP for Warrington South, has been appointed Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Commercial Radio.

The new Chair was announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Commercial Radio APPG on Wednesday 5 February. The AGM saw its members elect the new officers of the Group.

APPG succession

He succeeds previous Co-Chairs, former MP and DCMS Minister Ed Vaizey, who has now left parliament; and Steve McCabe MP and Baroness Olly Grender who have agreed to become Vice Chairs of the Group.

Carter has an extensive background in commercial radio, beginning his career as a reporter.

In the 1990s he launched and ran new commercial radio licenses in towns and cities across the UK. This was before he joined the Guardian Media Group in 2001 as Programming Director.

Playing a key role in the launch of Smooth Radio, he held several roles at GMG Radio, including Group MD.

Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, provides secretariat services to the APPG.

Last year the group held a parliamentary reception to launch Tuning In to Diversity, a report that complements Ofcom’s survey of diversity in the UK radio industry.

Productive year

Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre CEO, said: “The APPG had a very productive 2019. We are looking forward to working with Andy in this new Parliament.

“His in-depth knowledge and experience of commercial radio will be invaluable in helping us to address issues that impact our industry and showcase commercial radio to the Government.”

Carter said: “It’s great to be able to return to my roots in radio by supporting the APPG.

“Commercial radio is in a great position, but there are a number of challenges ahead. I look forward to working with the APPG and members across the House over the coming years in order to help secure its future.”