Communicorp buys eight Global stations – what stations are changing?

Feb 2014  Radio News

Smooth Radio North West, North East and East Midlands, along with Capital South Wales, Real Radio North Wales, Capital Scotland, Real Radio Yorkshire and Real XS Manchester have been sold to Communicorp, which is entirely owed by Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien.

National sales and non-peak programming will still be provided by Global Radio under a franchise agreement, however local airtime will be handled seperatly.

Here are the station changes, as reported by RadioToday.

• Real Radio stations in the North West, North East, Wales and Scotland will become Heart and run by Global Radio.

• Smooth Radio stations in the East Midlands, North West and North East will stay as Smooth Radio but will be run under a franchise agreement with Communicorp. These stations will have regional breakfast and drivetime shows but take programming from Global Radio-operated Smooth Radio London off peak.

• Heart North Wales to become Capital and run by Global Radio.

• Smooth Radio will replace Gold on AM frequencies across England, with the exception of London, Manchester and East Midlands where Smooth already operates on FM. • Real Radio in Yorkshire and North Wales will become Heart under franchise agreement with Communicorp.

• Capital South Wales and Capital Scotland will stay as Capital and be run under franchise agreement with Communicorp.

• Real Radio XS in Glasgow will remain with Global Radio and be turned into Xfm

• Real and Smooth Radio CEO Mark Lee will remain in charge and continue to lead the business.

• Hold Separate will continue across the two companies until the deal has been cleared by the Irish Competition Authority.

Below are the region by region digital multiplex station changes:

 (Information provided by Radio Today, tables courtesy of a516digital.)

Ayr
Now Becomes
Real Radio XS

XFM

 

 

Bath and West Wilts
Now Becomes
Gold

Smooth
Heart Bath

stays

Heart Wilts

stays

 

Birmingham
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Heart

stays

Smooth Radio

Smooth W Mids

 

Bournemouth
Now Becomes
Capital S Coast

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Bristol and Bath
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Cambridge
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Cardiff and Newport
Now Becomes
Capital S Wales

Capital S Wales
Gold

Smooth
Heart (UK) (removed)
Real Radio Wales

Heart Wales

 

Central Lancs
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Real Radio NW

Heart NW
Smooth Radio

Smooth NW

 

Cornwall
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Heart Cornwall

stays

 

Coventry
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Heart

stays

Smooth Radio

Smooth W Mids

 

Devon
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Edinburgh
Now Becomes
Capital Scotland

Capital Scotland
Heart (UK) Removed, as Real Radio on Central Scotland mux becomes Heart (Scotland).
Smooth

stays

 

Glasgow
Now Becomes
Capital Scotland

Capital Scotland
Heart (UK) Removed, as Real Radio on Central Scotland mux becomes Heart (Scotland).
Smooth

stays

 

Gloucestershire
Now Becomes
Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Herts, Beds, Bucks
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Kent
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Leicester
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

stays

Heart

stays

 

Liverpool
Now Becomes
Capital

Capital
Real Radio NW

Heart NW
Smooth Radio

Smooth NW

 

Manchester
Now Becomes
Capital

Capital
Real Radio NW

Heart NW
Smooth Radio

Smooth NW

 

Mid/West Wales (SW Wales)
Now Becomes
Real Radio Wales

Heart Wales

 

Northampton
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Norfolk
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Nottingham
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

stays

Heart

stays

Smooth Radio

Smooth E Mids

 

Oxford
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Peterborough
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Plymouth
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Reading and Basingstoke
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Southend and Chelmsford
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

South Hampshire
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Sussex Coast
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Swansea
Now Becomes
Real Radio Wales

Heart Wales

 

Swindon
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Gold

Smooth
Heart

stays

 

Teesside
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Real Radio NE

Heart NE
Smooth Radio

Smooth NE

 

Tyne and Wear
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Real Radio NE

Heart NE
Smooth Radio

Smooth NE

 

Wolverhampton, Telford
Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Heart

stays

Smooth Radio

Smooth W Mids

 

Wrexham, Chester, Liverpool
Now Becomes
Real Radio Wales

Heart North Wales

 

Regional multiplexes:

 

CENTRAL SCOTLAND
Now Becomes
Real Radio XS

XFM
Real Radio Scotland

Heart Scotland

 

YORKSHIRE

(until multiplex closure)

Now Becomes
Capital

stays

Heart (UK) removed
Gold

Smooth Radio
Real Radio Yorks

Heart Yorks

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