Play Radio sold to Celador
Posted by
Play Radio sold to Celador

Celador Radio Broadcasting have confirmed they have bought the troubled Play Radio.

The owners of The Coast now have control of the two FM licences for Southampton and Winchester, which have been branded as Play Radio for less than a year.

A spokesperson for Celador told Radio Today: "I can officially confirm that Celador Radio Broadcasting has bought Play radio. Play will continue in its current format for the forseeable future, broadcasting across Southampton and Winchester."

The frequencies have been through a number of name and ownership changes throughout their history. The Southampton licence was launched in 1999 as SouthCity FM, but bought in 2004 by Southampton Football Club and re-branded to link with their nickname as The Saint.

In 2007 the station changed hands again and was bought by Town & Country Broadcasting, where the station was changed to Radio Hampshire and merged with Dream 107.2 Winchester for 20 hours of the day. After less than two years the stations closed down but were rescued by south coast based internet broadcaster Play Radio UK, who went into administration less than three months after their purchase.

In February this year, former Global Radio Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson hinted at expansion as he joined Celador as a non-executive director. At the time, Don said: "The Coast has just published excellent RAJAR figures after fourteen months of trading and this gives us the confidence to look at enhancing the station and taking the successful format to a wider audience.”

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 398 13 April, 2010 Station News 11:13 am 20104 Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

No related posts were found
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events