More Moves at R&R

Longtime Radio & Records country editor and Nashville bureau chief Lon Helton and associate country editor Chuck Aly have left the trade mag and reportedly told associates Helton intends to start his own publication.

The departures come in the wake of a merger between R&R and Billboard Radio Monitor that resulted in 26 layoffs a week earlier, including Billboard‘s Nashville bureau chief, Phyllis Stark.

Helton has also reached an agreement to oversee Mediabase country charts in conjunction with Mediabase President Rich Meyer, according to a statement.

R&R announced it would drop Mediabase charts and use VNU-owned NielsenBDS information.