Bauer to Face In Depth Investigation

Bauer Media are to face a phase 2 investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, following their purchase of Lincs FM Group, Celador Radio, UKRD and Wireless’ local stations. The decision deadline is 21st January 2020, with all stations remaining in hold separate until at least then. Seperatly, Bauer have confirmed they are axing all…Read moreRead more

Bauer Takes Over Yet More Radio Stations

Bauer Media is acquiring UKRD, the operator of 10 local radio stations including Eagle Radio, Pirate FM, Minster FM and Yorkshire Coast Radio. Bauer has also acquired UKRD’s share of the MuxCo North Yorkshire, MuxCo Surrey & Sussex, South West Digital Radio (Cornwall and Plymouth) DAB multiplexes, and UKRD’s share of First Radio Sales, a…Read moreRead more

Sam FM Thames is No More

What was Jack 107 in Berkshire has effectively closed. When Celador acquired Jack 107, the output on the FM frequency replaced with a localised version of The Breeze. Jack 107 continued on DAB but was rebranded to Sam FM Thames Valley, in line with the other Sam FM stations in the South West. In a…Read moreRead more

Bauer Expansion

As reported earlier, Bauer Media have acquired both the Lincs FM Group and Celador Radio. Here are further details of the stations acquired. The following stations have been acquired with the Celador Radio portfolio: The Breeze (Andover) The Breeze (Bristol) The Breeze (Basingstoke & North Hampshire) The Breeze (Bath) The Breeze (Bridgwater & West Somerset)…Read moreRead more

Bauer Media Aquires Yet More Radio Stations

Please be aware that a full article on this topic will follow when I have clearer information. Bauer Media have acquired two radio groups, Celador Radio and Lincs FM. Both groups run a portfolio of smaller local radio stations. It is believed that some stations will be immediately sold on again to the expanding Nation…Read moreRead more

05/08/2018: News Round-up

The change of ownership at 2BR has already been covered in a separate post, so here is some of the other stories from the past week: Juice 107.2 in Brighton is to rebrand as Capital Brighton on the 3rd September. The station will have a complete new presenter line-up, and will take most programmes from…Read moreRead more

More Info on the Sam FM Bristol Application

Nation Broadcasting have applied for the license currently held by Sam FM Bristol, under the name of Jack FM. Sam FM broadcasts to the Bristol area on 106.5 FM, and is owned by Celador, who have also submitted a bid to renew their license. Sam FM first launched as Original 106.5 FM in 2007, but…Read moreRead more

15/06/2018: News Round Up

Here is the news from the past week: 45 Radio has joined the Norwich trial small scale DAB multiplex,using DAB+ at 48 kbps. This service is aimed at listeners aged 45 and over. Jazz FM has switched to DAB+ at 40 kbps, and is no longer available on all radios. Flame Christian has ceased broadcasting…Read moreRead more

Town 102 Loses FM License

For the first time, an incumbent radio operator has lost its broadcasting license upon routine Ofcom re-advertisement. Ipswich FM will take over the license currently held by Town 102, to broadcast in Ipswich and the surrounding area. The current license expires on the 28th October 2018. Town 102 has been operating since 2006, and more…Read moreRead more

Town 102 Loses Licence

BREAKING NEWS: Town 102 loses its licence to broadcast in Ipswich. Ipswich FM, backed by local DAB operator MuxCo Suffolk, has been awarded the licence. Ipswich FM will emphasise on locally produced programming. All programmes on Town 102 (owned by Celador) have been networked. Information from A516 Digital, via twitter (@a516digital).