- GMG Radio
GMG Radio is the radio division of the
Guardian Media Group. The group is based in Laser House, Salford Quaysin Manchesteralong with Century Radioand soon to be Smooth Radioand when 106.1 Rock Radiolaunches. The advertising division is in Old Trafford, Manchester. John Myersis the Chief Executive Officerand John Simonsis the group's programme director. It owns several stations across the United Kingdom:
Real Radio (Scotland)
Real Radio (South Wales)
Real Radio (Yorkshire)
**100.4 Smooth Radio -
North West England.
102.2 Smooth Radio- London
105.2 Smooth Radio- Glasgow
106.6 Smooth Radio- East Midlands
105.7 Smooth Radio- West Midlands.
97.5 Smooth Radio- North East England
100-102 Century Radio(North East)
105.4 Century Radio(North West)
96.3 Rock Radio( Renfrewshire, Scotland- formerly Q96)
106.1 Rock Radio
Rock Radio (North East)
July 12 2004, GMG Radio launched "ejazz.fm", a dedicated jazz website.
In January 2005 it launched a service, named "Hear It, Buy It, Burn It", to permit users to legally download music from its station's websites.
In February 2005, Myers announced that they have scrapped plans to launch Channel M Radio, a 24-hour news and talk station for
Manchesterdue to commercial viability issues.
In March 2005, the Guardian Media Group rejected a £115 million bid from the
Chrysalis Groupfor the GMG Radio division. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2005/03/20/cnchrys20.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2005/03/20/ixcity.html]
In June 2005 London station
102.2 Jazz FMwas rebranded to 102.2 Smooth FMafter disappointing RAJARfigures. At the same time, "ejazz.fm" was renamed to jazzfm.comand appeared on DAB in Yorkshire, South Wales and the Severn Estuaryand on Sky Digital.
October 18 2006, it was announced that GMG Radio had bought the two Century branded stations from Gcap Media[http://media.guardian.co.uk/city/story/0,,1925149,00.html] . The Century brand was originally launched by Myers and Simons in North East Englandin 1994, whilst they were at Border Television.
In August 2006 GMG sold its share in Rolling News channel
DNN. The five regional stations on DAB were then closed down by Chrysalis to be replaced by LBC.
December 18 2006, it was announced that GMG Radio had bought the four Saga Radio branded stations. [http://media.guardian.co.uk/radio/story/0,,1974864,00.html] GMG rebranded the Saga stations along with its existing Smooth FM stations in March 2007 to Smooth Radio. [http://media.guardian.co.uk/radio/story/0,,2002000,00.html]
GMG radio recently announced that out of peak time hours news would be shared by news hubs. As a result there is one in Glasgow, one in London and the largest which is Century Radio headquarters in Manchester, headed by James Rea. Manchester broadcast a "sky news" type bulletin, in which all GMG Radio stations in northern England Opt in on the hour.
* [http://www.gmgradio.co.uk Company website]
* [http://www.gmgradiosales.co.uk GMG Radio Sales]
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