Clear Channel UK

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Clear Channel UK is the British division of Clear Channel Communications, a global media conglomerate based in San Antonio, Texas, United States of America. It operates through a complex group structure, with some 70 UK subsidiary companies.

As with its U.S. parent, the entertainment division is no longer part of Clear Channel UK, but is now a separate subsidiary, known as Live Nation UK that is part of a separate company, Live Nation which is no longer owned by Clear Channel.

Clear Channel Outdoor UK[edit]

Clear Channel Outdoor UK is an outdoor advertising company, which claims to provide more than 70,000 advertising locations[1] across its four main brands: Clear Channel Billboards, Clear Channel Adshel, Clear Channel Pinnacle and Taxi Media. Clear Channel Adshel supplies of 6-sheet advertising (1.2 × 1.8 m bus stop panels) with 65% of the UK roadside 6-sheet market.[2] Clear Channel Adshel offers advertising space at Sainsbury's and Somerfield supermarkets and in over 80 UK shopping centres[citation needed] as well as advertising at music venues and universities. Clear Channel Billboards supplies 96 sheet (40 × 10 ft) billboards[3] and offers 48-sheet billboards across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Clear Channel Pinnacle offers higher-cost advertising on over 200 sites such as London’s Cromwell Road and M4 Towers, as well as banner advertising on sites including Fort Dunlop in Birmingham.[4]

Clear Channel activities have often put it at odds with Local Authorities in the UK for erecting adverts without consent which is a criminal offence. The company has been convicted many times for such activities.[5] [6] [7]

Taxi Media UK[edit]

Taxi Media represents over 12,000 taxis in the advertising market in the UK.[8]

Corporate Structure[edit]

Relation to ClearChannel Group Structure[edit]

Clear Channel has 3 main UK holding companies (highlighted in red on the table below), all of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of ClearChannel International Holdings BV, registered in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications Inc, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

List of Main UK subsidiaries[edit]

Company name Number of Holdings Number of Subsidiaries Trade Description
CLEAR CHANNEL HOLDINGS LIMITED 2 44 Incorporation on 18 05 98 as outdoor advertising
CLEAR CHANNEL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 3 43 Outdoor advertising and ancillary services.
Clear Channel UK Limited 4 32 Outdoor advertising.
CLEAR CHANNEL NI LIMITED 4 0 Advertising and market research
CANTON PROPERTY INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED(THE) 4 0 Property investment
CLEAR CHANNEL SOLUTIONS LIMITED 4 0 Sell international sales campaigns for the clear channel international outdoor group.
KILDOON PROPERTY COMPANY LIMITED(THE) 4 0 Property investment
CLEAR CHANNEL OVERSEAS LIMITED 4 0 Outdoor advertising
FOXMARK (UK) LIMITED 4 0 Securing of advertising rights

This information was modified from the original information taken from the UK Companies Database in April 2005, and re-ordered to show the relationships between holding companies and subsidiaries more clearly. Companies previously associated with Clear Channel Entertainment have been removed as they were spun off into a separate company now associated with "Live Nation". Each company's subsidiaries are displayed directly below it. Each line shows, in the following order:

  • Number of holding companies. This shows the 'level of ownership' of the company - the number of holding companies between it and Clear Channel Communications Inc, the main Clear Channel company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Clear Channel Entertainment UK Limited (shown in red) is held by 2 'parent' companies - ClearChannel International Holdings BV, registered in the Netherlands, and Clear Channel Communications Inc, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Their subsidiaries (in dark grey) have 3 holding (parent) companies. Their subsidiaries (light grey) have 4 holding companies, and so forth.
  • Number of subsidiary companies. This table only shows the main subsidiary companies. Some of the light grey companies have many subsidiaries which are listed in the table below. This layout is intended to make the table clearer.
  • Notes from the Companies Database indicating the company's purpose.

The information given in the Companies Database is not fully up to date - companies normally have a time window in which to file documents, and even when filed, the documents may take some time to become available on the database. Both tables only include active companies. Companies officially designated as 'dormant' or 'wound up' are not shown in the table, but are counted as 'subsidiaries' in the table above. This is why some companies in the table above will show more subsidiaries than are included in the table below.

List of Minor UK subsidiaries[edit]

COMPANY NAME Holding Companies Subsidiaries Description of activities Parent (holding) company
APOLLO DOMINION INVESTMENTS LIMITED 5 0 Investment holding company. BESCOT ENTERPRISES LIMITED
CLEAR CHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT FACILITATION LIMITED 5 0 Financial intermediation CLEAR CHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT (MUSIC) UK LIMITED
LOUIS BARNETT & SON LIMITED 5 0 Dormant. CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
POSTERMOBILE LIMITED 5 4 Selling of advertising space CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
BARRETT PETRIE SUTCLIFFE LIMITED 5 0 Advertising CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
ROCKBOX LIMITED 5 0 Product advertising. CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
TRACEMOTION LIMITED 5 1 The provision of managemenet services CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
CLEAR CHANNEL (CENTRAL) LIMITED 5 12 Score outdoor group CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
F M MEDIA LIMITED 5 0 Advertising CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
TAXI MEDIA HOLDINGS LIMITED 5 1 Dormant. D CLEAR CHANNEL UK LIMITED
CLEAR CHANNEL (MIDLANDS) LIMITED 6 2 Outdoor advertising contractors. the company became dormant with the trading and assets and liabilities being transferred to clear channel UK ltd. CLEAR CHANNEL (CENTRAL) LIMITED
CLEAR CHANNEL (NORTH WEST) LIMITED 6 2 Engaged as outdoor advertising contractors. CLEAR CHANNEL (CENTRAL) LIMITED
CLEAR CHANNEL (SOUTH WEST) LIMITED 6 0 Dormant. CLEAR CHANNEL (CENTRAL) LIMITED
GROSVENOR ADVERTISING LIMITED 6 0 Dormant. CLEAR CHANNEL (CENTRAL) LIMITED
POSTERMOBILE ADVERTISING LIMITED 6 0 Dormant. POSTERMOBILE LIMITED
KMS ADVERTISING LIMITED 6 0 Dormant. POSTERMOBILE LIMITED
TAXI MEDIA LIMITED 6 0 Taxi advertising contractors TAXI MEDIA HOLDINGS LIMITED
TOWN & CITY POSTERS ADVERTISING LIMITED 6 0 The rental of advertising boards to advertising agencies. TRACEMOTION LIMITED
VISION POSTERS LIMITED 7 0 Dormant. CLEAR CHANNEL (MIDLANDS) LIMITED

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