ARN promotes Derek ‘DB’ Bargwanna to head of KIIS Network


• The new role will see Bargwanna expand his remit across the KIIS Network

ARN has announced that Derek ‘DB’ Bargwanna has been promoted to the newly created role of head of KIIS Network, effective from July 1.

Currently head of content for KIIS Sydney and Melbourne, the new role will see Bargwanna expand his remit across the KIIS Network to include KIIS 97.3 in Brisbane and Mix 102.3 in Adelaide. Reporting in to

ARN’s chief content officer Duncan Campbell, Bargwanna will execute the content strategy for each station and have responsibility for the ratings performance across the KIIS network.  The restructure will see the content directors from each of these stations report to Bargwanna.

Duncan Campbell said: “DB’s track record speaks for itself. He is without doubt one of the best content directors in the country, and KIIS 1065 is one of the best contemporary hit radio stations in the world. This newly created role is part of ARN’s continued focus on making sure we have the right people and processes in place to ensure the ongoing success of the network nationally.”

Derek Bargwanna said: “ARN’s Metro Radio Network is such a powerhouse, thanks to the on-air and off-air teams around the country, and I look forward to taking on greater responsibility across the KIIS Network to continue to build on the success we’re currently enjoying.”

Since joining ARN in 2014 Bargwanna has been integral to the success of KIIS, helping KIIS 1065 become the #1 Station in Sydney, while Kyle & Jackie O recently celebrated their 27th consecutive survey as the #1FM Breakfast show. 

DB commences his role as Head of KIIS Network on July 1. 

The announcement comes after the appointment of Fayad Tohme earlier in the week to the newly created role of chief digital and technology officer, as the network continues to strengthen its investment in the future of digital audio and technology.

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