Chiltern Radio Network

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Chiltern Radio Group
Media
Industry Broadcasting
Headquarters Dunstable, UK
Products Local Radio

Chiltern Radio plc (known as The Chiltern Radio Network) was the parent group of several radio stations which operated two radio brands in the UK in the 1990s.

Branding[edit]

The two main brands were:

Network News[edit]

The Chiltern Radio Network also set up a satellite news service as a direct competitor to IRN called Network News. The service ran from 5 July 1991 until 1 April 1996 and supplied hourly national news bulletins and audio cuts to stations within the Chiltern Radio Network. Other clients included Virgin Radio, Radio Luxembourg, Choice FM in London and Birmingham, Spectrum Radio, Radio XL, Sunshine 855, Radio Maldwyn, Wear FM and Belfast City Radio.

Bulletins were transmitted via the Astra satellite and copy was sent to stations via fax and latterly a premium rate fax-back service. Audio was mostly sourced from Sky News and CNN Radio News.

Angus Moorat was the main controller of the service which closed down when the GWR Group, a shareholder in rival IRN, withdrew support for the service following its takeover of the Chiltern Radio Group.

Ownership[edit]

The Chiltern Radio Group underwent a number of changes as radio ownership rules were liberalised, first becoming part of the GWR Group in September 1995, making the FM stations part of their "Mix Network" and the AM stations part of the Classic Gold Digital Network. Ultimately, this meant more shared programming after 7pm from the headquarters in Bristol for what was the Hot FM network and only one live local show per day for the former Supergold stations.

When GWR merged with Capital Radio in May 2005 to form GCap Media, the combined group's local FM network, including Chiltern, was renamed the "One Network" for advertising clients. GCap was itself bought out by Global Radio in 2008, with the new owners planning to operate many of their new acquisitions under Global's existing Heart and Galaxy brands. As a result, in January 2009, Chiltern Radio was rebranded by its owners Global Radio as Heart, marking the end of the heritage Chiltern name for good.

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