CPIT broadcasting grad becomes Head of Music and Radio at NZ On Air

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08 Dec 2015

CPIT broadcasting graduate David Ridler has been appointed as the new NZ On Air Head of Music and Radio, leading the funding and promotion of local music.

Ridler studied at the New Zealand Broadcasting School at CPIT in 1996-98 and is remembered as one of the school's most talented students. Former CPIT Radio Tutor, and current Head of Partnership at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Karen Neil remembers Ridler well.

"He was part of one of our most successful student radio stations. From early on he showed a real flare for music programming, so I'm not surprised by his appointment as head of music and radio."

Ridler has had a successful career in music programming and is currently content director of NZME.'s Radio Hauraki, having worked in commercial radio for a decade. He has held content and programme director positions for Classic Hits, More FM and the former Channel Z. He also previously worked for NZ On Air's music team.

NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson said that Ridler was chosen from a talented pool of applicants.

"NZ On Air was fortunate to have a range of highly qualified candidates interested in leading our work funding and promoting NZ music. There were 70 applicants for this position and it was a tough selection process. We're delighted to have secured someone of David's calibre and look forward to the energy and insights he will bring," she said.

Ridler, who will take up the role in February 2016, is excited about the opportunity.

"The diversity and vibrancy of New Zealand music across all spectrums is incredible. NZ music is totally in my blood so I'm thrilled that I can help our music to reach the audience it deserves."