Amglish Author Mike Powell



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A former UK newspaper reporter and sub-editor, Mike Powell was Head of News & Current Affairs at DevonAir Radio, Exeter UK, then the first News Editor of County Sound Radio, Guildford, UK. His radio 'House Style' guides (based on newspaper practice) were adopted by many radio stations in the UK and Europe (including Sveriges Radio, the Swedish public broadcaster, where he was a consultant for ten years).

      Mike Powell was appointed by the University of Surrey to the Panel which validated and monitored a new media degree course at Farnborough College, where he subsequently became a visiting lecturer.

      He was also a visiting lecturer in Media at Lancashire Polytechnic (now the University of Central Lancashire).

      In 2014 he was appointed to the International Advisory Panel for the proposed new Ocean University in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, which was awarded Licensure by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Science in January 2015.

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Mike Powell is a former British newspaper and radio journalist who hosted top-rated morning shows on several UK music radio stations before transitioning to station management. After being News Editor on two radio stations, he became Program Director of County Sound Radio (Guildford, Surrey UK) from 1984 to 1986 and then CEO from 1986 to 1991 - growing the group to eight radio stations. His innovations at County Sound included introducing the UK's first all-oldies radio station. He also designed the programming for award-winning station, Fox FM (Oxford) - a joint venture with Capital Radio, London.

After taking County Sound to a full UK stock market listing, he departed to form radio investment, research and management company, Infinity Radio, which set up Pirate FM (Cornwall) with Mike as CEO. Infinity then merged with UKRD Group where Mike became CEO - eventually building the group to well over 20 radio stations and associated companies.

While running UKRD, Mike Powell played a key role in launching Manchester's Kiss 102 and served as launch CEO of Berkshire's Star FM. In 1995, he launched the new County Sound Radio Network consisting of County Sound Radio, 96.4 The Eagle and Delta Radio.

In 2001 Mike Powell became Chairman of Infinity Media which then separated from UKRD to concentrate on digital platform technologies. In October 2002 he joined RCS - the world's largest broadcast software company - as Vice President of its International Division. In 2014 he became Senior Vice President International for RCS and Chief Compliance Officer for its Media Monitors subsidiary.

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