Virgin Radio

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Virgin Radio International
Company typePrivate company
IndustryCommercial radio
Founded2001
HeadquartersLondon, England, United Kingdom
Area served
Global
RevenueApprox. US$100 million
ParentVirgin Group Edit this on Wikidata
Websitehttps://www.virginradio.com/

Virgin Radio launched in the United Kingdom in 1993 and in 2008, Virgin Radio UK was sold to TIML, a subsidiary of The Times of India group, and the name was changed to Absolute Radio. However the Virgin Radio name was not included in the sale.

In 2001, the Virgin Group teamed up with an Asia-focused investment fund to launch Virgin Radio Asia. Radio stations were launched in China, India and Thailand between 2002 and 2006. Virgin Radio Asia acquired a global remit in 2006, transforming into Virgin Radio International.[1]

Whilst expansion continued in Asia with additional stations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Indonesia, Virgin Radio also launched in Italy, France, Lebanon, Turkey, Romania, Oman and Switzerland, as well as 12 cities in Canada. Virgin Radio re-launched in the UK in 2016 and there are now 4 Virgin Radio stations in the UK.[2] The stations in each country are owned and operated locally, and independently of each other and the Virgin Group, who license the brand name and logo.

Music television stations were also launched in France and Italy.[3][4]

As of January 2023, there are over 30 Virgin Radio stations globally.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Stations[edit]

Country City Stations Frequency Year of launch Operator
Canada Calgary CIBK-FM 98.5 FM [1] 2010 Bell Media
Edmonton CFMG-FM 104.9 FM [2] 2011
Halifax CJCH-FM 101.3 FM [3] 2016
Kelowna CHSU-FM 99.9 FM [4] 2019[16]
Kitchener CFCA-FM 105.3 FM [5] 2016
London CIQM-FM 97.5 FM [6] 2012
Montreal CJFM-FM 95.9 FM [7] 2009
Toronto CKFM-FM 99.9 FM [8] 2008
Vancouver CFBT-FM 94.5 FM [9] 2015
Victoria CHBE-FM 107.3 FM [10] 2019[17]
Windsor CIDR-FM 93.9 FM [11] 2020[18]
Winnipeg CKMM-FM 103.1 FM [12] 2012
Italy Virgin Radio Italia Various FM [13] 2007 Mediaset S.p.A.
Virgin Radio Italy Classic Rock Internet Radio 2010
Virgin Radio Italy Hard Rock
Virgin Radio Italy Rock '70
Virgin Radio Italy Rock '80
Virgin Radio Italy Rock '90 2015
Virgin Radio Italy Alternative Rock
Virgin Radio Italy Rock Ballads
Virgin Radio Italy Rock Hits
Virgin Radio Italy Rock 2K
Virgin Radio Italy Rock Party
Lebanon Virgin Radio Lebanon 89.5 FM [14] 2013 Levant Media Hub
Virgin Radio Stars Lebanon 89.7 FM [15] 2019[19]
Oman Virgin Radio Oman 100.9 FM [16] 2018[20] SABCO Media
Romania Virgin Radio Romania Various FM [17] 2017 Czech Media Invest
Switzerland Virgin Radio Switzerland DAB [18] 2018[21] Radio Medien AG
Turkey Virgin Radio Turkey Various FM [19] 2013 Karnaval
United Arab Emirates Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4 FM [20] 2008 Arab Media Group
United Kingdom Virgin Radio UK DAB [21] 2016 News UK
Virgin Radio Anthems UK 2018[22]
Virgin Radio Chilled UK
Virgin Radio 80s Plus UK 2022[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABOUT VIRGIN RADIO INTERNATIONAL". www.virginradio.com.
  2. ^ "Virgin Radio | It's all about the music | Virgin". Virgin.com.
  3. ^ "Europe 2 TV".
  4. ^ "Virgin Radio TV". www.virginradio.it.
  5. ^ Média, Bell. "VirginRadio". www.iheartradio.ca.
  6. ^ "Europe 2". Europe 2.
  7. ^ "Virgin Radio Jakarta".
  8. ^ "Virgin Radio - Style Rock". www.virginradio.it.
  9. ^ "Landing". Virgin Radio LB.
  10. ^ "Homepage". Virgin Radio Oman.
  11. ^ "Virgin Radio Romania. Ascultă radio online! Află tot ce e viral și tot ce e hot în muzică!". VIRGIN RADIO ROMANIA. 22 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Virgin Radio Switzerland | Virgin Rock". Virgin Radio Switzerland.
  13. ^ "Virgin Radio Türkiye Canlı Yayın | Karnaval.com Online Radyo Dinle". Karnaval.com.
  14. ^ "Virgin Radio Dubai - The UAE's #1 Hit Music Station on 104.4 FM". Virgin Radio Dubai.
  15. ^ "Virgin Radio UK | Listen Live | Love Chris Evans. Love Graham Norton. Love Music". virginradio.co.uk.
  16. ^ "99.9 Virgin Radio Launches in Kelowna". Kelowna Capital News. 3 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Victoria's KOOL FM becomes 107.3 Virgin Radio". CTV News Vancouver Island. 8 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Bell Media Launches Pure Country 89 & Virgin Radio 93.9 In Windsor/Detroit". radioINSIGHT. 19 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Ben Weston fronts new Virgin Radio Stars in Beirut". Radio Today. 2 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Virgin Radio launches in Oman, targets youth market". Arabian Business. 10 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Switzerland's Virgin Radio Launches Two New DAB+ Stations". Radio World. 24 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Wireless launches new digital channels - Virgin Radio Anthems and Virgin Radio Chilled". News UK. January 2019.
  23. ^ "Wireless brings back Virgin Radio Groove on DAB+". Radio Today. 30 December 2019.

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