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Ralph Bernard

Ralph Bernard CBE was the chief executive of commercial radio group GCap Media. He started his career as a journalist at Sheffield's Radio Hallam in 1975,[1] before moving to Hereward Radio in Peterborough.

In 1982 he moved south to launch Wiltshire Radio as programme director, becoming managing director in 1983.[1] From here, he helped develop the GWR radio group which later merged with Capital Radio to form the biggest commercial radio company in the UK, GCap Media. He was chief executive of GWR Group PLC between 1987 and 2001, when he was appointed Executive Chairman.[1] GCap Media's portfolio includes Classic FM and London's Capital Radio.

He was appointed a Fellow of The Radio Academy in 1998.[2] , he won the Sony Gold Award in 2000 for his contribution to the radio industry[3] and was awarded the CBE for his services to broadcasting in 2002.[1] He left GCap in March 2008 to be replaced by Fru Hazlitt.

He is married with four children and lives in Wiltshire.[3]


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