Virgin Radio

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Virgin Radio
Type Radio network
Country International
Availability FM: France, Canada, Italy, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Owner Virgin Group
Official website
Virgin Radio International

Virgin Radio is a brand owned by the Virgin Group used by a number of different radio stations worldwide under licence from Virgin. Despite the name, Virgin Radio stations in each country are usually owned independently of the Virgin Group, and independent of each other.

The stations generally carry independent programming, but have access to some shared programming, usually linked to other Virgin entities such as the V Festival. Virgin Radio stations are normally classified as rock music or contemporary hit radio stations.


Former stations[edit]

  • Canada (Ottawa, ON): Virgin Radio 1069 (reverted to earlier branding as "The Bear" on February 4, 2011, then to Jump! 106.9 on March 31, 2014)
  • Canada (Vancouver, BC): Virgin Radio 953 (reverted to earlier branding as "Z 95.3" on March 31, 2014)
  • UK: Virgin Radio UK (renamed Absolute Radio on Monday 29 September 2008)
  • UK: Virgin Radio Classic Rock (renamed Absolute Classic Rock on Monday 29 September 2008)
  • UK: Virgin Radio Xtreme (renamed Absolute Xtreme on Monday 29 September 2008, and later replaced by Absolute 80s on DAB digital radio)
  • UK: Virgin Radio Groove (Closed April 4, 2008)
  • France: Ouï FM (became independent in December 2008)

Other Virgin-licensed stations[edit]

Virgin Mobile licensees in the USA and Australia offer 24-hour online music stations. While not connected to Virgin Radio (or each other), they carry the Virgin brand and target the youth market. Virgin Mobile Live[1] is operated by Digital Brand Connections, based in Wilton, Connecticut. Radio Free by Virgin Mobile is produced by DMG Radio[2] in Australia.

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