DC Thomson buys Original 106 and Kingdom FM
The owner of Dundee’s Wave 102 has bought Abderdeen station Original 106 and Fife’s Kingdom FM.
DC Thomson Media acquired Wave in 2017 and is the owner of newspapers including The Press and Journal and The Courier.
Mike Watson, Chief Executive Officer for DC Thomson Media, said: “These acquisitions firmly position us as the largest Scottish-owned radio group. We’re excited to have brought these two great stations in to our radio portfolio and look forward to working with the teams there to strengthen the offering to listeners, and provide them with quality local news content.”
Adam Findlay, Managing Director of Original, will join DC Thomson Media as Head of Radio. He told RadioToday: “Both John Quinn and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Original 106 success story and recognise that for the station to enjoy continued growth and further expansion, it needs to become part of something bigger. DC Thomson Media is the best place for this to happen.
“The Original 106 team are amongst the best in the business and this coupled with the strength and talents of DC Thomson Media team will make for a strong and progressive partnership with the ultimate aim of delivering the very best client solutions”.
As Head of Radio for DC Thomson Media, Adam will oversee all aspects of the radio operation across the DC Thomson Media radio portfolio of Wave, Kingdom and Original.
Kingdom FM Chairman Robert Kilgour, who is choosing to step away from radio, said, “DC Thomson Media are the ideal buyers for the station as they clearly have an understanding of the market in which Kingdom operates, and can take the station to the next level. We believe that this acquisition is good for the Kingdom’s listening audience, for our advertisers and shareholders, and our very hardworking staff.”
We’ve been bought out by @dct_media who publish the Press and Journal and Evening Express.
It also acquired Kingdom FM in Fife, and owns Wave FM in Dundee
Nothing about our local coverage will change.
— Original 106 FM (@originalfm) March 20, 2019
Listen to Adam Findlay talking to RadioToday about commercial radio in Scotland on last week’s RadioToday Programme podcast