Bauer Radio

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Bauer Radio is a UK-based division of Bauer Media Group.

The Bauer network is divisible into two main groups, the Bauer Place and Bauer Passion units, with Place consisting of locally focused services primarily broadcast on FM/AM and local digital platforms, and Passion consisting of national and quasi-national music-genre services delivered nationally and quasi-nationally through digital (and in some areas analogue) platforms.


Bauer Place[edit]



Note that Radio Borders and West Sound FM, which do not have AM sister stations, carry some content from the AM 'Greatest Hits Network' and some from the FM network provision. (West Sound AM is considered the sister operation of West FM)

Northern Ireland[edit]

Magic AM[edit]

Most stations are AM sister stations of Place Network, originally set up as their 'Gold' counterpart (e.g. for Radio City, Radio City Gold) when all stations were forced by the Radio Authority to stop simulcasting on both FM and AM in the late 1980s, before being rebranded as 'Magic' when the main station was bought by Bauer. This is with the exception of Magic 828 which has used this name since its launch in 1990. The network "hub" for the Magic network is in Newcastle upon Tyne with all stations sharing 20 hours a day of programming; with three separate regional breakfast shows for the North East, North West and Yorkshire stations.

Scotland AM[edit]

These stations, with the exception of MFR 1107, now form the 'Greatest Hits Network' and now share programming content at all times.

  • Clyde 2 (Glasgow and West Central Scotland)
  • Forth 2 (Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife)
  • Northsound 2 (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)
  • Tay AM (Dundee, Perth and Fife)
  • West Sound (Ayrshire)
  • Moray Firth Radio 1107 - opt-out from FM version, carries FM programming when not split for separate shows (on DAB, 'MFR Two' carries the split shows from AM, and nonstop music at other times)

Bauer Passion[edit]

Kiss Network[edit]

Kiss plays predominantly rhythmic (dance/urban) music. The East and West versions of Kiss were previously SRH-owned Vibe stations. The three services now simulcast most programming content (from London), though retain the ability to split off where needed, including for local advertising and news bulletins.

Planet Rock[edit]

Planet Rock is a national DAB station, now also broadcast on FM to the West Midlands, which plays primarily classic rock music. The station was established in 1999 and was initially run by the GWR Group; it was sold to Malcom Bluemel's 'Rock Show' consortium in 2008 and from there to Bauer in 2013. For the first fourteen years of its operation, Planet Rock was a digital-only service, transmitting on the national DAB network (and through digital TV and online platforms), but in 2013 the station became available on FM when the 105.2 MHz frequency previously used by Kerrang! 105.2 was turned over to Planet Rock.

Absolute Radio Network[edit]

Bauer purchased the Absolute Radio group of stations from TIML in 2013. The core Absolute Radio station had been established as one of the three Independent National Radio franchises in 1993, broadcasting on AM radio and, from 1999, national DAB; since 1995, a relay of the station (with split local advertising, and at some times split programming) has been available in London on 105.8 FM. Initially branded Virgin Radio, the station took the name Absolute Radio in 2008. The station has since spun off a number of sister stations, currently comprising five decade-themed services and a dedicated classic-rock station.


  • Heat Radio - adult-contemporary service in various areas on DAB, national on Freeview and online.
  • The Hits Radio - styled after the CHR FM network and taking some of its programmes. DAB in London and nationally on Freeview and online.
  • Kerrang! Radio - modern rock station in various areas on DAB, national on Freeview and online. Continued as a scaled-back service following the closure of its West Midlands FM transmissions.

Former stations[edit]

  • 3C - country music station, based in Glasgow, acquired as part of SRH takeover, broadcast on DAB in various areas and Freeview nationally; closed 2007; replaced on Freeview by a relay of Clyde 1 for a time.
  • Mojo Radio - classic rock, early pop, blues and soul; broadcast on digital TV and online; ceased broadcasting in 2008.
  • Q Radio - rock, alternative rock; broadcast nationally on Freeview and online; closed on 7 May 2013; replaced by Kisstory.
  • Smash Hits Radio
  • Kerrang! 105.2 - local station broadcasting to the West Midlands based in Birmingham. It was also on DAB in various areas and Freeview nationally. It was removed from FM to be replaced by Planet Rock and was retained as a digital-only station from London.

DAB multiplexes[edit]

Bauer operates twelve wholly owned DAB multiplexes and also six jointly owned multiplexes with other operators (three with UTV Radio and three with Global Radio). Bauer operates the following DAB multiplexes:

Bauer Digital Radio[edit]

Bauer's wholly owned digital multiplexes are primarily located in areas where the firm operates local FM stations; the original group of Bauer (formerly Emap) DAB multiplexes are located in the following areas:

Score Digital[edit]

As part of Emap's takeover of Scottish Radio Holdings, the firm gained control of Score Digital, the DAB multiplex operator owned by SRH. Competition guidelines required the merged firm to divest of one of the multiplexes obtained in this deal, and so the Ayr multiplex formerly run by Score was sold on to Arqiva. The remaining Score multiplexes have since been relabelled as Bauer multiplexes.[1]

The ex-Score DAB multiplexes are located in:

UTV Bauer Digital[edit]

The Wireless Group and Emap entered into a venture to run the following three DAB multiplexes. These multiplexes were initially branded as TWG-Emap multiplexes; following the sale of TWG to UTV (creating UTV Radio), the multiplexes were relabelled as UTV-Emap, and following the sale of Emap's radio assets to Bauer, the blocks were renamed again as UTV-Bauer. Bauer owns 30 per cent of the UTV-Bauer venture, with UTV holding the remaining 70 per cent.

CE Digital[edit]

Bauer and Global Radio jointly own CE Digital Ltd, each holding 50% of the venture. The CE operation was established by Emap in partnership with the Capital Radio Group, which through mergers subsequently became part of GCap Media and later Global Radio. The 'CE' multiplexes take their name from the initials of Capital and Emap, and have not been renamed despite the identity changes of both operators.

CE Digital operate the following DAB multiplexes:


  1. ^ Listing of UK local DAB multiplexes

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