Redundancies at Heart will not impact on operations in the West Midlands, a spokeswoman for parent company Global Radio has claimed.

Following announcements that five senior directors were to be made redundant as part of a restructure, a spokeswoman for the group said it would have little effect on staff at Heart and Galaxy's Birmingham site.

She said: "The redundancies that have taken place will mean that decisions on the direction of the radio station will now be taken at a more local level."

Anita Wright, station director for Global Radio Midlands will take on more of a strategic role as part of the changes. Last month, Global Radio - which bought Heart and Galaxy form Chrysalis in June -announced a round of high-level redundancies including Heart's managing director Barnaby Dawe. Managing director of Galaxy, Martyn Healy; Heart brand marketing director Tina Finch; Heart brand programme director, Francis Currie and David Lloyd, head of London radio station LBC have also had their positions scrapped.

Global Radio has also created two new roles - head of marketing and London stations director. Don Thomson - formerly commercial director - has been promoted to chief operating officer and Mark Evans - formerly finance director - has been promoted to chief financial officer.

Global Radio chief executive Ashley Tabor said the move was designed to simplify the business and flatten its management structure.

He added: "These changes will enable us to build a new culture." :