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

UKRD Launches Pirate 80s

UKRD have launched a new 80s radio station called Pirate 80s. This follows the launch of Eagle 80s, and will share the same syndicate programmes. Pirate 80s carries news and information bulletins specific to Cornwall. Pirate 80s is available on DAB across Cornwall and parts of Devon, replacing Pirate 70s which moves online only.

Encore Radio Reduces Coverage

Encore Radio, the national station dedicated to fans of musicals, is reducing its DAB coverage to focus on online streams. Herts, Beds, Bucks, Essex and Kent are losing coverage, leaving the station only on the South London & Surrey multiplex. The station had already briefly joined and left the North Yorkshire DAB multiplex. The move…Read moreRead more

Global Acquires 2BR

In the past few days, it has been announced that Global Radio have acquired Lancashire local radio station 2BR from UKRD. 2BR currently broadcasts in Central and East Lancashire on four FM frequencies, from studios in Hyndburn. The station also broadcasts on Lancashire DAB (64kbps mono), and recently celebrated being on-air for 18 years, having…Read moreRead more

22/07/2018: News Round Up

Here are some of the stories from the past two weeks: Community radio station 88.3 Centreforce has joined DAB in London, broadcasting on the London 2 multiplex, using the newer DAB+ format at 32 kbps. Encore Radio appears to have left the North Yorkshire DAB multiplex. Reports are conflicting with the Frequency Finder website having…Read moreRead more

BBC Local Radio to Take Part in Local Radio Day

All 39 BBC local radio stations are joining Local Radio Day, which takes place on the 25th May. The stations join a growing number of local commercial and community radio stations, in an initiative led by the small group UKRD. Local Radio Day is now in its third year, with more than 80 radio stations…Read moreRead more

Nation Broadcasting has Acquired Sun FM

Local commercial radio station Sun FM, covering Sunderland and Wearside, has been acquired by Nation Broadcasting. Nation Broadcasting own Nation Radio, and some local stations in Wales. Sun FM was previously owned by UKRD, who own a number of small local radio stations across England. The follows a period of expansion by Nation Broadcasting, who…Read moreRead more

Eagle 80s Launches Today

UKRD station Eagle 80s launches later today at 11am. This service will be available on DAB+ in Surrey and North Sussex, and replaces Eagle 3. As this station is using DAB+, not all DAB radio’s will receive it. To see if your radio is DAB+ compatible, look for a DAB+ logo, or the digital tick…Read moreRead more

Sun FM to Celebrate 20th Years of the Simon Grundy Breakfast Show

Sun FM are celebrating 20 years of the Simon Grundy Breakfast Show with a night at the Roker Hotel on Friday 11th May from 7pm to 12am – with special guests We Love the 90’s. Tickets are on sale at, for £10 inlcuding a welcome drink and buffet. Last year Sun FM celebrated another…Read moreRead more