James Merritt

Music Manager and Radio Presenter

The unofficial 6th member of One Direction

The unofficial 6th member of One Direction

A familiar voice on UK radio, James has freelanced for most of the country's biggest radio brands. 

The route to radio began managing his university radio station. From there he became a presenter and producer on VMR (Virgin Megastores Radio) and TalkRadioUK / talkSport, before getting the call from Chris Evans’s team, and landing a three-year contract at Virgin Radio.

James left Virgin for a 10 year stint at Kiss 100, presenting across the schedule. Particular highlights were anchoring the popular Kisstory show while presenting mid-mornings, and six years as main breakfast cover. 

He then spent a year at Free Radio, presenting the evening magazine programme - a role which opened up a world of guest interviews including chats with Noel Gallagher, Usher, Emeli Sande, One Direction and most of the pop / rock world in-between.

More recently, James has presented on Heart, the UK's biggest commercial pop station - taking his time slot to a record new high in RAJAR audience figures. 

James has twice been recognised by his peers; in 2000 at the CRCA's as Commercial Radio Newcomer of the Year and, in 2009, for Best Radio Show at the UMA’s.

Email : james (at) authoritymgmt (dot) com