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Profile: Mark Flanagan: Mark's radio career began in 1982 with Radio Aire.  He reported for the Leeds-based station from around West Yorkshire.  He them moved to Hampshire's Ocean-FM as both presenter and News Editor.  He also spent time as Programme Controller for Southern-FM in Brighton, East Sussex and then Managing Director of Fox-FM in Oxford.

In 1998 he joined Chrysalis Radio and in 2000, took up the post of Operations Director to oversee the Heart (100.7 Birmingham & 106.2 London) and Galaxy (various) brands.

Whereabouts: In October 2002, Chrysalis appointed Mark as Managing Director for the LBC and News Direct radio stations in London, which it had just acquired from a consortium of GWR, ITN, Reuters and DMGT.

Speaking of his appointment, Mark said: "This is biggest challenge of my career and I am relishing the task of making the new LBC the most talked-about station in London. There's a real gap in the capital for a populist, accessible, talk station on FM and the planned switch of LBC to the FM waveband gives us a fantastic opportunity."

Phil Riley, Chrysalis Radio's Chief Executive added: "It gives me great pleasure to find such a perfect candidate from within our existing management team. Mark's extensive radio background undoubtedly makes him the best man to restore this heritage station back into a real talking point for Londoners again". 

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