Aircheck UK: UK Radio - Who Owns What?

UPDATED: 19/02/2005

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Absolute Radio UK Limited (AR-UK)

107.6 Juice FM (Liverpool)

BBC Radio

BBC Radio 1 (national)
BBC 1 Xtra (national DAB digital radio)
BBC Radio 2 (national)
BBC Radio 3 (national)
BBC Radio 4 (national)
BBC Radio Five Live (national)
BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra (national DAB digital radio)
BBC 6 Music (national DAB digital radio)

BBC 7 (national DAB digital radio)
BBC Asian Network
BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
BBC Radio Cleveland
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cornwall
BBC Radio Cumbria
BBC Radio Derby
BBC Radio Devon
BBC Radio Essex
BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire
BBC Radio Guernsey
BBC Radio Gloucestershire
BBC London
BBC GMR (Greater Manchester)
BBC Hereford and Worcester
BBC Radio Jersey
BBC Radio Kent
BBC Radio Humberside
BBC Radio Lancashire
BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Leicester
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
BBC Radio Merseyside
BBC Radio Newcastle
BBC Radio Northampton
BBC Radio Norfolk
BBC Radio Nottingham
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Sheffield
BBC Radio Shropshire
BBC Radio Solent
BBC Somerset Sound
BBC Radio Stoke
BBC Radio Suffolk
BBC Southern Counties Radio
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Berkshire
BBC Three Counties Radio
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Wiltshire Sound
BBC Radio York
BBC World Service

Brighton & Hove Radio Ltd

107.2 Juice FM (Brighton)

Splash FM (35% stake) (Worthing)

Capital Radio plc

Beat 106 (Central Scotland)
96.4FM BRMB (Birmingham)
95.8 Capital FM (London)
1170 & 1557AM Capital Gold (Southampton and Portsmouth)
1305 & 1359AM Capital Gold (South Wales)
1458AM Capital Gold (Manchester)
1548AM Capital Gold (London)
1152AM Capital Gold (Birmingham)
1323 & 945AM Capital Gold (Brighton and Hove)
100-102 Century FM (North-East of England)
105.4 Century FM (North-West of England)
106 Century FM (East Midlands)
Century (London DAB digital radio)

Choice FM (96.9 South London) from January 2004

Choice FM (107.1 North London) from January 2004
Fox FM (Oxfordshire)
Invicta FM (Kent)
Life (national DAB digital radio)
Ocean FM (Portsmouth)
103.2 Power FM (Southampton)
Red Dragon FM (South Wales)
Southern FM (West Sussex)
XFM (London and local DAB digital radio)

Chrysalis Radio

News Direct 97.3FM (London)
LBC 1152 AM (London)
Galaxy 102 (Manchester)
Galaxy 102.2 (Birmingham)
Galaxy 105 (Yorkshire)
Galaxy 105 and 106 (North-East of England)
100.7 Heart FM (West Midlands)
Heart 106.2 (London)
Heart Digital (regional DAB digital radio)

Arrow (regional DAB digital radio)

Classic Gold Digital Ltd.
shareholders include UBC Media (formerly Unique Broadcasting) and GWR Group plc

Classic Gold 1260 (Bristol

Classic Gold 1152 (Plymouth)

Classic Gold 936 and 1161 (Wiltshire)

Classic Gold 1431 and 1485 (West Berkshire)

Classic Gold GEM (Nottinghamshire)

Classic Gold GEM (Derbyshire)

Classic Gold WABC (Shropshire and Wolverhampton), 

Classic Gold Marcher (Wrexham)
Classic Gold Breeze 1359 and 1431 (Essex)
Classic Gold Breeze 1521 (Surrey)
Classic Gold 1359 (Warwickshire), 

Classic Gold 792 and 828 (Herts, Beds, Bucks), 

Classic Gold 828 (Dorset and Hampshire), 

Classic Gold 774 (Gloucestershire), 

Classic Gold Amber (Norfolk), 

Classic Gold Amber (Suffolk)

Classic Gold 666 and 954 (Devon)

Classic Gold 1332 (Peterborough)

Classic Gold 1557 (Northamptonshire)

CN Group

The Bay (Cumbria)
FM102 The Bear (Warwickshire)
Centre FM (Staffordshire)
Citybeat (Northern Ireland

Mid FM (Northern Ireland)
Kix 96 (Coventry)
Lakeland Radio (Cumbria)
Oak FM (Loughborough, Leicestershire)

Emap Performance Network
Radio Aire (Leeds)
Hallam FM (Sheffield)
Key 103 FM (Manchester)
Kiss 100 (London)
Magic 1152 (Newcastle), 1170 (Stockton-on-Tees), 999 (Lancashire), 1161 (Hull), 1548 (Liverpool), 828 (Leeds). 105.4 (London)
Magic AM (South Yorkshire)
Metro Radio (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Radio City 96.7 (Liverpool)
Rock FM (Lancashire)
TFM (Stockton-on-Tees)
96.9 Viking FM (Hull)

Forever Broadcasting - see The Wireless Group below.  Forever was sold to TWG for 8.1m in March 2004.


Forward Media

Connect FM (Northants)
Lite FM 106.8 (Peterborough)

Fusion Radio - see Milestone Group below.

Guardian Media Group

Smooth FM 100.4 (North-West)
Jazz FM 102.2 (London and local digital radio)

Real Radio (South Wales)
Real Radio (Yorkshire)
Real Radio (Central Scotland)
Real Radio (Digital radio)

GWR Group plc

Beacon FM (Shropshire and Wolverhampton)
Broadland 102 (Norwich, Norfolk)
The Buzz 97.1 (Wirral)
103 Champion FM (Gwynedd)
96.9 Chiltern FM (Bedfordshire)
97.6 Chiltern FM (Herts, Beds and Bucks)
Classic FM (national)
96.3 Coast FM (Denbighshire)
Core (national digital)
Essex FM (Essex)
Gemini FM (Devon)
GWR FM (Bristol and Bath)
GWR FM (Swindon and West Wiltshire)
102.7 Hereward FM (Peterborough)
FM103 Horizon (Milton Keynes)
Lantern FM (Devon)
105.4 Leicester Sound (Leicestershire)
Mercia FM (Warwickshire)
96.6 Mercury FM (Hertfordshire)
102.7 Mercury FM (Surrey and West Sussex)
MFM 103.4 (Wrexham)
Northants 96 (Northamptonshire)
Orchard FM (Somerset)
Q103 (Cambridgeshire)
102.8 Ram FM (Derbyshire)
Severn Sound FM (Gloucestershire)
SGR FM (Suffolk)
SGR Colchester (Essex)

South Hams Radio (South Devon)
Ten17 (Harlow, Essex)
The Storm (local digital radio)
The Mix (Sky Digital satellite)
96 Trent FM (Nottinghamshire)
2CR FM (Bournemouth)
2-Ten FM (Thames Valley)
Wyvern FM (Herefordshire and Worcestershire)

Kent Messenger Group

KM FM (formerly 106 CTFM) (Kent)
KM FM (formerly TLR) (Kent)
KM FM (formerly Neptune Radio) (Kent)
KM FM (Medway)
KM FM (Tonbridge, Kent)

KM FM (Ashford, Kent)

Kingdom FM Ltd

Kingdom FM (Fife)
Clan FM (North Lanarkshire)

River FM (West Lothian) (25% share)

Lincs FM plc

Fosseway Radio (Leicestershire)

Compass FM (North-East Lincolnshire)

Dearne FM (Barnsley)

Lincs FM (Lincolnshire)

Ridings FM (Wakefield)

Rutland Radio (Rutland

Trax FM (Doncaster)

Trax FM (Nottinghamshire)

The Local Radio Company Ltd. (formerly known as Radio Investments Ltd)

2BR (Burnley)

3TR FM (Warminster)

Alpha 103.2 (Darlington)

107.8 Arrow FM (Hastings)

Central FM (Falkirk)

Dune FM (Southport) - previously owned by Forward Media - TLRC bought the station for 1.19m in September 2004.

Fire 107.6 (Poole & Bournemouth)
Home 107.9 (Huddersfield)
Isle of Wight Radio (Newport)

Ivel FM (Yeovil)

KCR FM (Knowsley, Liverpool)
Minster FM (York)
Mix 96 (Aylesbury)

Mix 107 (High Wycombe)
107.4 The Quay (Portsmouth)
106.9 Silk FM (Macclesfield)
107.5 Sovereign Radio (Eastbourne)
Spire FM (Salisbury)

Spirit FM (Chichester)
97.2 Stray FM (Harrogate)
Sun FM (Sunderland)
107 Swan FM
Thames 107.8
97.4 Vale FM (Shaftesbury)
Wessex FM (Dorchester)
107.2 Win FM (Winchester)
Yorkshire Coast Radio (Scarborough)
Yorkshire Coast Radio (Bridlington)

Radio Investments Ltd took control of TLRC previously, however the TLRC name was resurrected when a partnership got together and acquired the group.

Marcher Radio Group
Marcher Radio Group and its stations have been acquired by GWR Group plc

Midlands Radio plc
Midlands Radio plc was bought out by GWR in 1993/1994 - Midlands Radio plc was made up of Trent FM (Derby & Nottingham), Leicester Sound, Mercia FM, Beacon Radio, GEM AM, BRMB, and XTRA AM.  The Midlands Radio name went with the sale of XTRA & BRMB to Capital Radio plc, who use the name as the holding company for what is now BRMB & Capital Gold Birmingham.  

Milestone Group (purchased Fusion Radio in 2003 - sold Time/Fusion stations to Sunrise Radio in 2004)

Passion 107.9 (Oxford)

Kestrel FM (Basingstoke)

Kick FM (Newbury)

107.1 Rugby FM (Rugby)

Reading 107 (Reading)

Minster Sound Radio plc 
At one time, part shared by GWR Group plc and Radio Investments Ltd.  Minster stations now owned by TLRC

MNA Broadcasting Limited

Ace FM (Kidderminster)

Telford FM (Telford)

Murfin Music International Ltd.

Classic Gold 954 and 1530 (Herefordshire and Worcestershire)
Radio Maldwyn (Powys)
Sunshine 855 (Shropshire)


Planet Rock (national digital)

Radio Investments Ltd.

Now known as TLRC - see above.

Saga Radio

Primetime Radio (national digital radio)

Saga Radio Digital

Saga 106.6FM (East Midlands) (101.4 for Derby)
Saga 105.7FM (West Midlands and local digital radio)

Saga 105.2FM (Glasgow / West Central Scotland)


The Groove (local digital)
Virgin Radio (National, London & digital)

Virgin Classic Rock (digital - London)

Scottish Radio Holdings plc

3C (local digital)
Radio Borders (Scottish Borders)
CFM (Cumbria)
Cool FM (Northern Ireland)
Clyde 1 (Glasgow)
Clyde 2 (Glasgow)
Downtown Radio (Northern Ireland)

FM104 (Dublin)
Forth AM (Edinburgh)
Forth FM (Edinburgh)
Moray Firth (Inverness)
NorthSound One (Aberdeen)
NorthSound Two (Aberdeen)
Tay AM (Dundee)
Tay FM (Dundee)

Today FM (Republic of Ireland Regional)

Vibe 101 (Bristol)

Vibe FM (East of England)
Wave 105 (Solent)
West Sound FM (Dumfries and Galloway)
West Sound (Ayrshire)
West FM (Ayrshire)

Sunrise Radio (London Media Company)

Easy Radio 1035AM (London) (formerly Country 1035) (soon to become Kismat Asian Talk Radio)

Sunrise FM 103.2 (Bradford)

Sunrise Radio 1458 AM (London)
Time FM 106.8 (Thamesmead, London)

Time FM 107.3 (Lewisham, London) ) (formerly Fusion 107.3)

Time FM 107.5 (Romford, Barking & Dagenham - Essex) (formerly Soul City 107.5)

Yarr Radio (Digital)

Tindle Radio

The Beach (Lowestoft)

Bridge FM (Bridgend)

Channel 103 (Jersey)

Delta FM 97.1 (Surrey) (part share with UKRD)

Dream 100 (Colchester/Clacton)

Dream 107 (Chelmsford)

Island FM (Guernsey)

Kestrel FM (Basingstoke) (Minority Stake)

Kick FM (Newbury) (Minority stake)

North Norfolk Radio 

UBC Media

Oneword (national digital) (part shareholder)
MTV Radio (South Wales digital radio - equal shareholder with Viacom)

Classic Gold Digital


County Sound 1566MW (Surrey)
Delta FM 97.1 (Surrey) (part share with Tindle Radio)
Delta FM 102 (Hampshire)

Fen Radio 107.1 / 107.5 (Wisbech)
96.4 The Eagle (Surrey)
KL FM 96.7 (Norfolk)
Pirate FM 102 (Cornwall)
96.2FM The Revolution (Manchester)

South Hams Radio (South Devon) part share with GWR Group)
Star 107 (South Gloucestershire)
Star 107.1 (Ely, Cambridgeshire)
Star 107.3 (Bristol)
Star 107.5 (Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset)
Star 107.9 (Cambridge)

Vibe Radio Services Ltd. Owned by Scottish Radio Holdings.

Vibe 101 (Bristol and South Wales)
Vibe FM 105-108 (East of England)

Westcom Media Ltd.
Following acquisition by UKRD, all stations previously owned by Westcom Media are now part of UKRD Group.


The Wireless Group

Dunedin FM (Edinburgh) (newly licenced, but not on-air until 2005)
Imagine FM (Stockport)

The Lounge (local digital radio)
The Pulse (Kirklees and Leeds)
96.3 QFM (Paisley, Renfrewshire)
Signal 1 (Staffordshire and South Cheshire)
Signal 2 (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
talkSPORT (national)
96.4FM The Wave (Swansea)
96.5FM The Wave (Blackpool)
The Wave 102FM (Dundee)
102.4 Wish FM (Wigan)
107.2 Wire FM (Warrington)
Valleys Radio (South Wales)
West Yorkshire's Classic Gold (Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds)

107.4 Tower FM (Bolton)*
Peak 107 (Derbyshire)*
107.7 The Wolf (Wolverhampton)*


* These stations were acquired for 8.1m when Forever Broadcasting was taken over by TWG.

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