Global expands its podcast commissioning team

Vicky Etchells and Chris Lander have been appointed into senior roles in Global’s commissioning team.

The company’s Head of Podcast Partnerships, Mike Wooler and Sarah Ray, Head of Podcast Sales, made the announcement at last week’s IAB Podcast Upfronts conference.

They said: “With Megan Wastell at the helm, we recently welcomed Chris Lander to the team as Head of Comedy and Entertainment Podcasts.

“Chris joins us with years of experience as a comedy agent, credited with the discovery of James Acaster and Deborah Frances White, to name a few.

“And another new, but not so new face, is Vicky Etchells, who has taken on the role of Head of News and Factual Podcasts, having been part of the leadership team at LBC for over 10 years.”

Chris and Vicky will be responsible for commissioning and overseeing the production of high-quality, ambitious podcasts in their respective genres.

Chris Stark recently joined the team from the BBC. He’ll be working with Chris and Vicky to produce sport podcast content in addition to his role as Creative Executive Producer and presenter on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp.

In a post on Linkedin, Megan Wastell, Director of Product and Podcasts, Global Player, wrote: “Vicky, Chris and Chris have a phenomenal amount of experience and have developed strong relationships with independent podcast production companies and talent across the UK so I’m looking forward to seeing what stories they’re able to unearth.

“We’re looking for bold content that makes for binge-worthy listening and that also has the potential to be developed into TV shows, films or books, so they’re going to be very busy!”

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