Chris Price

Head of Music Radio 1,
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)


As Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Chris Price is the creative and editorial lead for the world's most influential playlists, playing a key role in ensuring the BBC delivers the right music content on the right platforms for young audiences.

Chris began his career in the music industry, working in marketing and distribution roles for Sony and Warner Music before transitioning into radio. As Music Producer for BBC Radio 1 from 2000 to 2006, he programmed music and booked events such as Radio 1's Big Weekend. At Radio 1 he developed the careers of UK talent such as Keane, Snow Patrol and The Streets, as well as international artists like The Killers, Rihanna and Scissor Sisters.

In 2006 Chris joined MTV as Director of Music Programming, assuming responsibility for the music policy of the network's nine UK channels. At MTV he and his team gave artists such as Adele, Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons their first TV exposure.

Later, as Head of Music for streaming service, Chris was credited with introducing editorial to the platform, launching video content hub ' Originals' and offering bands including Bastille and Kodaline their first ever sessions.

Prior to re-joining the BBC in 2016, Chris has threw his energies into his music strategy consultancy New Slang Media, working with radio and streaming clients such as BT, Vevo, MixRadio, Ministry of Sound Radio and many others.

Through his writing and speaking Chris has forged a reputation as an industry-leading expert on the intersection of streaming and radio playlists. A lifelong music-maker himself, Chris is a trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music, investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances.