High Peak Radio and Ashbourne Radio sold

Independent stations High Peak Radio and Ashbourne Radio have been bought by Helius Media Group.

The two stations will be added to the group that currently consists of Imagine Radio, Durham Radio and Alpha Radio.

Co-founding Director at Ashbourne Radio and High Peak, Steve Jenner told RadioToday: “David, Paul and I would like to thank all our clients, listeners, former and present staff and friends of our radio stations for the loyal support they have given us since High Peak Radio went to air in 2004 and Ashbourne Radio in 2008.

“We believe the new owners, Helius Media Group, represent the strongest possible future for these stations in providing proper local services and would like to offer the new owners every good wish for continuing success.”

Michael Taylor, the CEO for Helius Media Group has said “I would like to thank David, Steve and Paul Jenner for the opportunity to acquire these great stations. They have done a fantastic job over the years and making them a key service for their communities. I look forward to working with the existing teams and to continue driving High Peak Radio and Ashbourne Radio forward.”

Steve Jenner was a guest on the RadioToday Podcast in 2018 talking about the new book he’s co-written with his brother, Paul, about their entry into the radio industry running RSLs in the 1990s before being awarded the commercial radio licence for High Peak in Derbyshire.

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  1. I says

    RadioToday, 18 September:

    “Global/Bauer buys Helius Media and extends its reach across a wider area”.

    Surprised it wasn’t one of them this time. Won’t be long though.

  2. Adrian says

    2 more great local stations to be lost forever it won’t be long before global or Bauer buys hellius to add more relays to third national services

  3. Ryan Michael Fitzpatrick says

    This is a big one to me, I’m actually shocked. Steve and Paul are local lads, they are so passionate about what they do. They may not have the biggest budgets, sound equality or the best imaging but the play out is such a good variety, you’ll literally not know what song is on next. I know automation was on over night but I’d rather that than some random person who hasn’t even heard of the High Peak, at least the automated overnight computer was in a local building that paid council tax to the local community.

    Let’s see how long before the big boys get the stations and strip it to just a transmitter.

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