Chrysalis Radio has appointed Galaxy 102 managing director Jim Hicks as its new programme director in a series of senior management changes, writes Georgina Lipscomb.
Reporting to chief executive Phil Riley, Hicks replaces Keith Pringle, who left in February to launch Chrysalis online venture Ride The Tiger (Broadcast, 11.2.00).

Hicks, 39, takes up the position next week. He will oversee output on the group's two Heart and five Galaxy stations.

Galaxy 101 managing director Mark Flanagan takes the new role of regional managing director across the group with day-to-day responsibility for all stations outside London.

Regional sales director, midlands and south-west Dianne Hall, who has been with 100.7 Heart FM since its launch in 1994, steps across to replace Flanagan as Galaxy 101 managing director.

Hicks joined Chrysalis Radio in 1997 as programme director of Manchester station Galaxy 102, before overseeing the launch of Galaxy 105-106 in the north-east.

In 1999, he returned to Galaxy 102 as managing director. His replacement at Galaxy 102 is the managing director of Yorkshire-based Galaxy 105, Matthew Levington, who himself has yet to be replaced.