BBC Radio 2 has hired senior Napster UK executive Jeff Smith as the network's head of music.
Smith is currently Napster's director of UK and international programming. He'll take his new post on 26 March 2007, replacing current incumbent, Colin Martin, who announced his retirement in December 2006.
Smith says: "It's tremendously exciting for me to be joining BBC Radio 2 and help shape the music policy of the most popular radio station in the UK.
"Technology is transforming our industry, and I look forward to working with the music industry and my colleagues at Radio 2 to engage our listeners in the very best music in innovative new ways."
Leanne Sharman, Napster UK vice-president and general manager, said: "For the BBC to recruit from Napster for such a pivotal role in UK radio indicates how important digital has become in the development of the music industry.
Smith joined Napster in 2004 and has previously worked in radio for 18 years, including stints at BBC Radio 1, BBC World Service and Capital Radio (London).