Parfitt 'confident' of replacing music head.

Influential music programmer Alex Jones-Donelly has exited the British radio business to become senior VP, A&R for EMI Music Publishing U.K.

Until recently, Jones-Donelly was head of music and live music at public top 40 national station BBC Radio 1.

In his new, London-based post, Jones-Donelly will report to both Guy Moot and Mike Smith, respectively managing director and senior VP/director of A&R at EMI Music Publishing U.K. Jones-Donelly will take his new job in September.

"Alex has done a fantastic job at Radio 1 picking the right bands and pushing music policy forward," comments Moot. "He has all the attributes of being a fantastic A&R executive. His extensive knowledge of music, his list of contacts and eye for spotting new and emerging talent is all proven."

Andy Parfitt, controller of Radio 1, said of his departing colleague: "His shoes will be hard to fill but I am confident we will find the best to take on one of the hottest jobs in music."

Jones-Donelly joined Radio 1 in 1997 as music scheduler. He was promoted to head of music three years later and appointed to his current position in June 2004. Prior to that, he served in various roles at EMAP's dance station Kiss FM in London.