Capital Radio Group

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Capital Radio Group

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Capital Radio Group and GWR Group have merged. For information on the combined radio group, refer to the GCap Media article.


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Capital Radio's headquarters

Capital Radio was, until May 2005, a London-based British radio group. The company was originally set up to operate a music service to London on AM and FM. It went on air in October 1973 a few days after news station LBC, making them the first legal commercial radio stations in the UK. In the 1980s the station was allowed to operate separate services on AM and FM. Changes to media ownership laws meant that Capital was able to acquire other stations throughout the UK, and became a powerful player in the UK's commercial radio industry; before the merger with GWR, Capital Radio controlled 22 analogue radio and 59 digital radio licences. Capital's London studios were laterly based in Leicester Square.

Capital was inaugurated by chairman Sir Richard Attenborough, and the first song played was Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon and Garfunkel.

Capital Radio bought the financially troubled "alternative" radio station, XFM in July 1998.

In the early 21st Century Capital Radio Group expanded its range of FM stations, and also started broadcasting digital-only stations such as Capital Disney and Capital Life.

On Monday 9th May 2005 the parent company Capital Radio Group merged with GWR Group, another major UK radio PLC, to form GCap Media. Re-branding of stations as a result of this merger is yet to be announced, but at present the Capital branding remains for the flagship London station Capital FM.

Current Capital FM presenters include Johnny Vaughan, Richard Bacon, Jezza, Katy Hill and Simon Hirst.

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  • Capital FM website
  • Capital Life Website
  • GCap Media Website - Parent Companynl:Capital Radio

News

  • SUE AIMS TO BE STAR PERFORMER - Bristol Evening Post
  • Lewis Silkin hires radio legal head in media push - The Lawyer

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