George Ergatoudis

Head of music BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

According to George Ergatoudis, “I became aware of the cultural significance of music when I was about twelve years old as the punk revolution exploded and I lay in bed at night listening to John Peel on Radio 1”. He studied architecture at university, but says “my real energy went into starting a music fanzine and once I realised I could create a career out of my passion for music I never looked back”. Ergatoudis is now head of music at BBC Radio 1, and took on 1Xtra in 2009. With 20 years of experience in the radio industry and an excellent reputation, Ergatoudis has an in-depth knowledge for contemporary music across genres, and ultimately decides which songs make it onto the Radio One playlist.


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