Capital (radio network)
|City of license||London and several other metropolitan areas across the UK|
|Broadcast area||London, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Birmingham, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Teesside, Tyne and Wear, South Wales, Edinburgh, Glasgow, South Coast, digital radio & television|
|Slogan||The UK's No.1 Hit Music Station|
|Frequency||95-106 MHz depending on area,
DAB in some areas,
Virgin Media: 958
RDS: CAPITAL_ (London)
RDS: Capital_ (Nationwide)
|First air date||Capital London, 1973;
other stations 1975-1999;
Capital (radio network), 2011
|Format||Contemporary hit radio, news, entertainment, speech, showbiz|
|Audience share||4.0% (whole of UK) (June 2013, RAJAR)|
|Owner||Global Radio and Communicorp|
|Sister stations||The Arrow, Capital Xtra, Chill, Classic FM, Gold, Heart, Jazz FM, LBC, Smooth Radio, XFM|
Capital is a radio network of nine independent contemporary hit radio stations in the United Kingdom which are owned and operated by Global Radio, launching on 3 January 2011. Capital was previously known as Mix, One, Galaxy and Hit Music at various times. The stations were formerly owned by GCap Media and Chrysalis Radio prior to their respective takeovers by Global Radio and, with the exception of Capital London, were all part of Galaxy or Hit Music prior to January 2011.
The stations serve an audience of 7.1 million listeners and target a core audience in the 15-34 age group
Capital Radio, GWR and GCap Media
Throughout the 1990s, Capital became one of the UK's major radio groups by acquiring a number of additional local radio stations including Red Dragon FM, BRMB and Wyvern FM. Rival GWR Group also acquired a number of local radio stations in the 1990s, including Leicester Sound, Ram FM, GWR FM, Chiltern FM, Hereward FM, Marcher Sound and Trent FM, which operated as part of the 33 station Mix network.
Capital Radio and GWR Group's merger in 2005 resulted in the stations being amalgamated into One which existed until June 2009 when most of the stations, now in the ownership of Global Radio, who purchased GCap in 2008, were rebranded as part of The Heart Network. This left Leicester Sound, Ram FM, Red Dragon FM and Trent FM which formed Hit Music with network content produced in Nottingham. In January 2011 these stations were rebranded as part of Capital.
The first Galaxy radio station, Galaxy 97.2, was launched in 1990 in South West England intially broadcasting solely from Bristol and operated under the Chiltern Radio Group. In 1994 the station won the first regional FM licence and moved frequency to 101.0 Mhz, rebranded as Galaxy 101 and expanded coverage to include South Wales. At the same time a second studio was opened in Cardiff to provide some programming alongside the existing Bristol studio. Chrysalis Radio purchased the station in 1996 and a year later, expanded the network by buying Faze FM's stations - Kiss 102 in Manchester and Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. In 1998, black community station Choice FM was acquired in Birmingham. Chrysalis Radio won the North East regional licence in 1999 and sold the original station, Galaxy 101, to the GWR Group in 2002 (now Kiss 101).
In 2007, Chrysalis Radio was sold to Global Radio and following their subsequent acquisition of GCap in 2008, XFM Scotland and Power FM were rebranded under the Galaxy moniker in November 2008. Another rebrand followed in January 2011 when all Galaxy stations were rebranded as Capital.
On 12 May 2011 it was announced Capital London returned to the most listened to commercial station in London, however Capital Manchester, Capital North East and Capital Yorkshire numbers were down, contrasting to Capital Birmingham, Capital Scotland and Capital South Coast where numbers are up.
On 1 July 2011, Global Radio requested to change the formats of Capital Birmingham and Capital Scotland which have obligations from previous owners - this is to enable all nine Capital stations to be inline. On 17 November 2011 it was announced Ofcom approved two format change requests.
On 6 February 2014, Global Radio announced it would be selling Capital Scotland and Capital South Wales to Communicorp. Capital's network programming and brand name will remain and be used under contract.
List of Capital stations
Capital stations based in Central Scotland and Birmingham produced and transmitted specialist output for the network on Saturday and Sunday overnights respectively. However in July 2012 this was replaced with content from 95.8 Capital studios in Leicester Square, London.
Prior to January 2011, Leicester Sound, Ram FM and Trent FM shared off-peak programming from Trent's studios in Nottingham, whilst Galaxy programming came from studios in Leeds, Yorkshire. Red Dragon FM and Capital were entirely autonomous, producing all of their own output.
The Capital radio network production and station sound was created by former Capital producer Arden Hanley and is now overseen by Chris Nicoll, Arden's successor as Capital head of production. Howard Ritchie and Helen Austin  are the voice over artists for 96-106 Capital.
Virgin Media became the first sponsor of 95-106 Capital. The six-figure deal begun on 4 January 2011, with weekday drivetime shows branded as The Virgin Media Home Run across all nine stations for a six-month period.
|Launched||11 October 2012|
|Owned by||Global Television
|Picture format||16:9 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||~0.0% (August 2013, BARB)|
|Slogan||The UK's Hit Music Station|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom
|Sister channel(s)||Heart TV|
|Astra 2F||12522 V 27500 2/3|
On 3 July 2012, Global Radio announced it would launch a TV channel of the same name, Capital. The station launched on Sky and Freesat platforms on 11 October 2012 at 11:00 p.m., along with a TV channel of the same name for sister radio station Heart. The channels can also be watched via dedicated iOS apps, as well as online. On 17 October 2012, Capital TV also launch on Freeview in Manchester. Both channels play non-stop music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will also feature some exclusive content, such as the Jingle Bell Ball. On 24 July 2012 it was confirmed BSkyB would be responsible for ad sales on both channels, likewise with the radio station, Capital TV is aimed at a younger target audience.
The channel is not related to the former Restricted Service Licence television channel of the same name, which ran in Cardiff between 2002 and 2009.
On 3 October 2013, Global Radio announced that the Capital brand will be extended to form a new nationwide digital radio station by rebranding Choice FM as Capital Xtra. The rebrand took place at 6:00am on 7 October. Capital Xtra is available on FM in London on 96.9 and 107.1 MHz and nationally on the Digital One DAB multiplex.
Capital FM Arena
Every year, Capital holds a Jingle Bell Ball every December at the O2 Arena and a Summertime Ball. Headliners at these concerts have included Akon, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Cheryl Cole, Girls Aloud, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Usher, with other major performers including Bruno Mars, Enrique Iglesias, JLS, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Lionel Richie, Miley Cyrus, Ne-Yo, Olly Murs, The Pussycat Dolls, Shakira, Taio Cruz & Tinie Tempah.
Starbucks sponsored Summertime Ball in 2011 which for the first time is rolled out across the Capital nine stations despite it being the third event for 95.8 Capital listeners. The 2011 Capital Summertime Ball took place on Sunday 12 June at Wembley Stadium in London. Confirmed performers are J Lo, Jessie J, LMFAO, Nicole Scherzinger, Example, Mike Posner, Ne-Yo, The Wanted, Far East Movement, JLS, Katy B, Cee Lo Green, Enrique and Wretch 32. It was confirmed on 2 June 2011 that US rapper Mann would join the line up. Capital entertained 75,000 at Wembley.
Help a Capital Child
The Capital London charity Help a London Child was founded in 1975 by Richard Attenborough CBE. It is a grant giving charity which means that twice a year, the charity provides practical and lasting support to groups working with thousands of youngsters aged 18 and under.
In the first year £8,000 was raised and grants given to 10 charities in Camden. Help a London Child has come a long way since and now 36 years on the charity has raised in excess of £22 million and awarded grants to areas of great need, directly helping over 1.4 million children and young people.
Grants are awarded to refuge and homelessness projects, support groups for children and young people with a disability, special need or an illness, as well as a range of sports, music, drama and leisure activities, holiday play schemes and residential breaks in the UK, cultural activities, supplementary schools, literacy programmes and much more.
It was the winner of Outstanding Contribution to London Lifestyle at the London Lifestyle Awards in 2010.In the same year, the charity allocated a record amount in grants (£1.6 million), supporting 84,000 children and young people across London where "you're never more than one mile away from a project supported by Help a Capital Child".
Help a Capital Child launched ahead of the Capital Network as the main charity, the first event took place from with 14–16 October 2011; LBC 97.3 also adopting the charity appeal.
- UK Tunes into Capital FM[dead link] MacLaurin Media, 4 January 2011
- GLOBAL: Capital FM back at #1 Radio Today, 12 May 2011
- Global requests Capital format change Radio Today, 1 July 2011
- Ofcom approves Capital format change Radio Today, 17 November 2011
- Martin, Roy (2014-02-06). "Communicorp buys 8 Global stations". RadioToday. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- Media Week: Global radio takes Capital national
- Arden Hanley at Radio Talent[dead link]
- Chris Nicoll at Radio Talent
- Howard Ritchie at Radio Talent
- Helen Austin
- Virgin to sponsor nationwide Capital Digital Spy, 24 December 2010
- Laughlin, Andrew (14 July 2012). "Global to launch Heart TV". Digital Spy.
- "Heart and Capital TV have launched". a516digital. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Laughlin, Andrew (12 October 2012). "Capital TV, Heart TV launch on Sky and Freesat". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- McCabe, Masie (24 July 2012). "Global appoints Sky Media for Heart and Capital TV ad sales". Media Week. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "Global to change Choice to Capital XTRA". Radio Today. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- Starbucks deal for Capital ball Radio Today, 26 April 2011
- Summertime Ball | Artists Capital
- Mann joins Summertime Ball Capital, 2 June 2011
- Capital entertains 75,000 at Wembley Radio Today, 12 June 2011