Jeff Smith

Head of Music, BBC Radio 2,
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

London, UK

Jeff Smith is the Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. He is responsible for the music policy and music strategy of the stations.

In his time at Radio 2 the network has achieved its largest ever audience reach and 6 Music became the UK’s biggest digital –only music radio station.

Previously to this role Jeff was international programming director of the digital music service Napster.
Napster was named Best Digital Music Service in the Music Week Awards and won the award for Best Innovation at the BT Digital Music Awards.

Jeff joined Napster in 2004, having accumulated over 18 years programming experience in the UK radio industry, including Capital Radio , BBC Radio 1 and BBC World Service.

In 2000, as programme controller at 95.8 Capital FM Jeff and his team increased audience share and reach introducing a fresh station sound in music and recruiting new talent including Edith Bowman, Cat Deeley and Schooly.

Before joining Capital, Jeff Smith played a major role in the revitalisation of BBC Radio 1 as head of music policy from 1997 to 2000.
Jeff added artists like Oasis and Coldplay to the playlist for the first time during his time chairing playlist at Radio 1.
Jeff sat on the management board alongside the station controller. His achievements at the BBC included founding the influential Evening Session programme, creating Live Lounge, replacing the Radio 1 Roadshow with Radio 1 Live (subsequently becoming One Big Sunday) and bringing Chris Moyles, Jo Whiley, Trevor Nelson, Stuart Maconie and Steve Lamacq to the BBC.
In the mid-90s, Smith worked in independent production at Wise Buddah as director of programmes.