Paul Thompson (broadcaster)

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Paul Thompson is an Australian broadcaster who has launched, acquired, developed and managed broadcasting stations and networks throughout Australia in a career which started in 1965. He is responsible for building two distinct national radio broadcasting networks from inception. He was the founding CEO of the Austereo Radio Network, which he guided for 15 years. In 1996, DMG Radio Australia was launched with Thompson as CEO.[1]

The company now has owns the CHR-formatted radio network Nova (with stations targeting under-40 listeners in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth), along with the smoothfmnetwork (aimed at older listeners) in Sydney and Melbourne, Star 104.5 on the Central Coast and Adelaide’s number one talk station FIVEaa.

Thompson was one of two inaugural inductees in the Commercial Radio Australia "Hall of Fame" in 2002 and is regarded as the 'father' of FM broadcasting in particular in Australia.

In 2008 he stepped down as Executive Chairman of DMG Radio Australia, telling radioinfo: "It is far too easy for a founding CEO to stay too long. It is healthier for an organisation for the founder to leave too early than stay too late. The transition from radio broadcasting to multi-platform delivery and the launch of digital radio combine to create a natural watershed. And Cath is ready to go as CEO."[2]