GMG Radio

GMG Radio

GMG Radio is the radio division of the Guardian Media Group. The group is based in Laser House, Salford Quays in Manchester along with Century Radio and soon to be Smooth Radio and when 106.1 Rock Radio launches. The advertising division is in Old Trafford, Manchester. John Myers is the Chief Executive Officer and John Simons is the group's programme director. It owns several stations across the United Kingdom:

*Real Radio
**Real Radio (Scotland)
**Real Radio (South Wales)
**Real Radio (Yorkshire)
*Smooth Radio
**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
*Century Radio
**100-102 Century Radio (North East)
**105.4 Century Radio (North West)
*Rock Radio
**96.3 Rock Radio (Renfrewshire, Scotland - formerly Q96)
**106.1 Rock Radio
**Rock Radio (North East)

On July 12 2004, GMG Radio launched "", 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 Manchester due to commercial viability issues.

In March 2005, the Guardian Media Group rejected a £115 million bid from the Chrysalis Group for the GMG Radio division. []

In June 2005 London station 102.2 Jazz FM was rebranded to 102.2 Smooth FM after disappointing RAJAR figures. At the same time, "" was renamed to and appeared on DAB in Yorkshire, South Wales and the Severn Estuary and on Sky Digital.

On October 18 2006, it was announced that GMG Radio had bought the two Century branded stations from Gcap Media [,,1925149,00.html] . The Century brand was originally launched by Myers and Simons in North East England in 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.

On December 18 2006, it was announced that GMG Radio had bought the four Saga Radio branded stations. [,,1974864,00.html] GMG rebranded the Saga stations along with its existing Smooth FM stations in March 2007 to Smooth Radio. [,,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.

External links

* [ Company website]
* [ GMG Radio Sales]

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