Leicester Comedy Festival chief joins Union Jack radio | Geoff Rowe will seek out new comic talent

Leicester Comedy Festival chief joins Union Jack radio

Geoff Rowe will seek out new comic talent

Digital radio station Union Jack has appointed Leicester Comedy Festival chief Geoff Rowe as its first director of comedy.

The broadcaster says his role will to be to introduce new programme ideas, find rising talent and strengthen the station’s link with the comedy industry.

Programme manager Giles Gear added: ‘We take our commitment to comedy seriously and we’re not a station that simply puts a comedian on the radio and hopes for the best. 

‘The industry experience that Geoff brings to the table is second-to-none, and will support us in our ambition to shine a light on brilliant up-and-coming comedians, as well as commissioning new and very distinct show formats.’

Rowe, who will continue to be director of the festival he founded in 1994, said: ‘The radio station and Leicester Comedy Festival each focus on celebrating great British comedy and supporting new and emerging talent, so there is a natural opportunity for me to play a role in the continued development of both.’

The station’s comedy programming includes the stand-up strand One Night Stand, recorded at Oxford’s Jericho Comedy Club, satirical impressions show Josh Berry’s Fake News and Pundays hosted by Colin Leggo, holder of the UK Pun Champion title set up by the  Leicester Comedy Festival.

Published: 18 Jun 2019

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