Ofcom has awarded the final analogue FM licence for the UK to GMG Radio. GMG will extend Real Radio (south Wales) station to the mid and north of the country, providing local breakfast and drivetime programming on weekdays.
Two applications were received by Ofcom for the final FM licence to be made available in the UK. One by Real Radio Wales, the eventual winners who will base their operations in Wrexham, and one from a Chester based consortium Radio Glyndwr.
GMG Radio has a proven track record of success in Wales, launching Real Radio across the south in October 2000. The station became the most successful regional radio launch in history and has held the accolade of Wales’ No.1 commercial radio station for several years.
GMG Radio Chief Executive John Myers said: “This is a fantastic moment for our group. We started in Wales nearly 10 years ago after winning our first licence for the south. Now we are Britain’s third largest radio group and have replicated the success of Real Radio across the country. Listeners in North and Mid Wales can look forward to a fantastic new radio service that will provide them with great music and entertaining compelling speech.”
Full details of programming, presenters, launch plans and location will be announced in due course.