UK media and entertainment group Global has appointed Simon Pitts as its next CEO.

Pitts joins Global from Scottish broadcasting and production group STV where he has been CEO since 2018, overseeing a significant growth in its production division. Before this, he spent 17 years at ITV where he was on the executive board for seven years and held a variety of roles including Director of Strategy & Transformation.

1. Global. Simon Pitts

Simon Pitts, Global

Pitts will join Global in the first quarter of 2025, replacing Stephen Miron, who announced last week he was stepping down as Group Chief Executive after 16 years at the helm to become Global’s Chairman.

Global is one of the UK’s biggest media groups, running radio brands including Radio X, Capital, LBC, Heart and Classic FM as well as offering hit podcasts such as The News Agents. It is also one of the UK’s leading outdoor advertising companies.

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Ashley Tabor-King CBE, Founder & Executive President of Global, said: “Simon joins Global with an incredible track record of leadership, growth, and transformation. At STV he has led a hugely successful transformation, diversifying revenues and business operations to now include a high-growth streaming service and leading studios group alongside a traditional linear broadcast business, all of which is testament to his leadership skills, and importantly for Global, Simon’s experience of working within a similar business to ours.”

Pitts said: “I’m delighted to be joining Global, a company I admire and whose brands I’ve been a fan of for a long time. It is unique in the market to have such a diversified portfolio, with digital, audio and outdoor combined with some of the best-loved radio stations in the UK, bringing with it an incredible connection to its audiences.

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