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Communicorp Group Limited
Limited company
Industry Mass media (radio stations)
Founded 1989 (1989)
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people
Denis O'Brien (owner)
Lucy Gaffney (chairperson)
Patrick Halpenny (CEO)
Number of employees

Communicorp is an Irish media holding company, wholly owned by the Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien.


Communicorp Group Ltd was formed by Denis O'Brien in 1989. The Group’s radio operations launched in Ireland in the same year, and followed with stations in the Czech Republic in 1992. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Communicorp has grown rapidly and has become a major player in the Irish media market.

The company owns 42 radio stations in eight countries across Europe, including in Ireland: Dublin's 98FM, Newstalk, Spin 1038, and Spin South West as well as minority holdings in other stations, (including East Coast FM until February 2008), and opened two radio stations in Jordan in 2008.

Communicorp was the highest bidder for the Irish operations of Emap, which would have added Today FM, FM104, and Highland Radio to their control, but this required Irish Competition Authority approval. On 8 October 2007, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, who must also approve the transfer of any Independent Local Radio contracts, announced that it would agree to the transfer of control in the cases of Today FM and Highland Radio, but not in the case of FM104. The solution was to sell FM104 to UTV Media immediately upon its acquisition.

Outside of Ireland, Communicorp have stations in seven other countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Ukraine, and Bulgaria, and Jordan.[1]

On 21 July 2008, a joint bid from Boxer TV Access and Communicorp, supported by BT Ireland, were successful in obtaining three digital terrestrial television multiplex contracts from the BCI. Boxer DTT Limited withdrew from its agreement to provide a DTT platform on 20 April 2009.

On 6 February 2014, Communicorp announced it would be acquiring eight stations in the United Kingdom from Global Radio, subject to review by the Irish Competition Authority.[2] The stations were required to be sold off by the Competition Commission following Global's acquisition of GMG Radio in 2012.


ICAN Interactive[edit]

Communicorp also have a majority interest in ICAN an interactive advertising agencies and a leader in the Irish online advertising market.


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