Matt Payton

Matt Payton

Secretary General, AER

Matt is Secretary General of the Association of European Radio (AER), a Trustee of the Radio Academy and a board member of the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice. He oversees the policy, strategy and public affairs functions of Radiocentre in the UK, providing a collective voice on issues that affect the way that radio stations operate. He works closely with government officials, politicians, policy makers and regulators to secure the best possible environment for the medium. In recent years Matt has been at the forefront of Radiocentre’s work in securing more operational freedom for commercial radio stations, developing an industry position on the role of the BBC and managing relationships with music licensing bodies.

Association of European Radios (AER)


The Association of European Radios (AER) is a Europe-wide trade body representing the interests of over 4,500 private/commercial radio stations across the EU27 and in Switzerland.

AER’s main objective is to develop and improve the most suitable framework for private commercial radio activity. AER constantly follows EU actions in the fields of media, telecommunications and private radio transmission, in order to contribute, to enrich and develop the radio sector.

Furthermore, AER intends to promote the diffusion and the use of new technologies in radio transmission.

AER encourages co-operation between its members and with other European radio stations and associations, in order to preserve and develop freedom of speech, freedom of enterprise, private initiative and the protection of listeners.