Classic FM chief makes smart career move

Classic FM chief makes smart career move


norman lebrecht

February 02, 2020

Sam Jackson,  Senior Managing Editor of the Smooth, Gold and Classic FM stations, has joined Universal Music as de facto head of classics. His role will be similar to that formerly occupied by Costa Pilavachi.

Release below:


Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics and Jazz for Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced the appointment of respected music industry leader, Sam Jackson, in a newly created global leadership role. He will become Executive Vice President, Global Classics and Jazz, reporting to Stainer, based in the company’s London headquarters.

Jackson’s new role reflects the ongoing evolution of the genre, focusing on innovation in listening and a greater awareness of audience and consumption habits to drive global growth for UMG artists. Working with the division’s leadership team, Jackson will bring his knowledge of audience access, touchpoints and discovery to international marketing, content creation, brand expansion, digital innovation and strategic communication.


  • Record Company Survivor says:

    Smart career move? Such jobs have a perpetually revolving door, so he’ll be out of there before you know it.

  • Kolb Slaw says:

    How about hiring an actual musician for a change?

  • Ben W says:

    The snide, negative comments on Slipped Disc, cowardly hiding behind anonymity, tell you so much about many of the readership of this blog. Sam is a class act with music running through him like a stick of rock, who’s done an outstanding job at Classic FM, and turned down a number of top jobs before this, including leading UK performing groups. He’s an excellent hire for Universal. Bravo Sam!

  • Mrs Doubtfire says:

    I’ve always admired Sam and looks like an excellent hire. As for Mr Stainer, his track record shows that he ends up firing people, as the scapegoat for, perhaps, his own inadequacies. He’s the perfect example of the self-preservation society. Good luck Sam, you’ll need it!