Virgin Radio is a brand owned by the Virgin Group. Virgin Radio International was established by the Virgin Group in 2001 to develop the Virgin Radio brand and it has since built one of the World’s most popular music radio franchises. Virgin Radio now broadcasts on FM in multiple languages and music based formats in North America, Europe and Asia, including the Middle East, and has 18 million listeners worldwide. Virgin Radio stations in each country are owned independently of the Virgin Group and of each other and generally carry independent programming tailored to local tastes.
Virgin Radio broadcast in the UK between 1993 and 2008 after which it made way for Absolute Radio. In January 2015, it was announced that Virgin Radio International and UTV Media were partnering to re-launch Virgin Radio subject to Ofcom awarding the necessary broadcast licence. In March 2015 Ofcom awarded a UK digital terrestrial commercial radio licence for Virgin Radio UK and Virgin Radio UK is now expected to re-launch in early 2016.