CanWest Media has won the new FM local radio licence for Aberdeen.
Original FM was up against three other bidders – Waves Radio, Real Radio and Aurora FM. CanWest launched Original 106 on the south coast last year, and another Original station in Bristol is due on air soon.
John Evington will be the group programme director for Original and told RadioToday.co.uk everyone involved's delighted: "The Original format was designed to have strong appeal amongst adults who appreciate great music presented with 'passion' by musically informed personalities. There's already been an amazing response to Original 106fm in the Solent region and I see no reason why this won't be repeated in Bristol and, now, Aberdeen. ".
In its application to Ofcom for the licence, CanWest wrote: "Original FM will provide a distinct and diverse programming compared with other ILR in Aberdeen. A measurably different music mix of hits and album tracks, focused away from the current narrow repetitive range of Top 20 music heard on other stations. Plus, we will be the only ILR station guaranteeing 24 hour local news."