Evan Harrison, the long-time head of Clear Channel (OTCBB: CCMO) Radio’s digital operations, is leaving the company at the end of the year. Harrison had been promoted almost exactly two years ago, when he agreed to a “long-term contract” which may have expired; we’ve asked Clear Channel for more details.
During his six years at Clear Channel Radio, Harrison was credited with building up the company’s position in online streaming, particularly with its iheartradio site; he had also talked to us this summer about the success of the company’s iheartradio mobile apps, which he said had been downloaded more than eight million times and were making money for the company.
Radio Ink cites an internal memo sent out by Clear Channel Radio CEO John Hogan, which says that Harrison “has shared his desire to pursue new challenges” and that the company is searching for a new online head.
From the memo: “Digital continues to be an essential part of our growth strategy. It is important that we continue our charge to make sure that our content, delivery modalities, technology innovations, and the monetization of digital continue to move forward as a critical priority.”