Apple Music poaches Radio 1Xtra Editor Ryan Newman

Apple Music has hired one of BBC radio’s key editorial music executives in the UK, MBW understands.

Ryan Newman (pictured with Kanye West) was previously Editor of 1Xtra – the BBC’s flagship hip-hop and grime radio station.

In that role, he devised and implemented music strategy at the network, shaping its musical direction.

Now, he joins Apple Music/Beats 1 at a time when hip-hop’s stock is at an all-time high amongst the streaming services.

Newman is not the first 1Xtra heavyweight to make the jump to a streaming service.

In 2016, 1Xtra music chief Austin Daboh became Spotify’s Senior Editor, Content Programming UK.Music Business Worldwide

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