Capital Birmingham

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Capital Birmingham
Capital Birmingham.png
City of license Birmingham
Broadcast area West Midlands
Slogan Birmingham's No.1 Hit Music Station
Frequency FM: 102.2 MHz
First air date 1 January 1995
Format Urban contemporary
Audience share 7.1% (March 2014, RAJAR)
Transmitter coordinates 52°28′24″N 1°55′10″W / 52.4732°N 1.9194°W / 52.4732; -1.9194Coordinates: 52°28′24″N 1°55′10″W / 52.4732°N 1.9194°W / 52.4732; -1.9194
Owner Global Radio
Sister stations Heart West Midlands
Smooth West Midlands
Website Capital Birmingham

Capital Birmingham is a local radio station owned and operated by Global Radio as part of the Capital radio network. It broadcasts to the West Midlands from studios at Brindleyplace in Birmingham City Centre. Capital Birmingham's transmitter is located at Metropolitan House on the A456. It is also available on DAB via the Birmingham, Coventry, and Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford multiplexes.


The station began broadcasting as Choice FM on 1 January 1995, after taking over the licence previously operated by Buzz FM. Four years later, Choice was renamed as Galaxy after it was bought out by Chrysalis. Galaxy was sold off to Global Radio in June 2007 in a £170 million deal which saw the group take over The Arrow, LBC and Heart.

The station was relaunched and re-branded as 102.2 Capital on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global Radio's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-station Capital radio network.[1] Local programming now consists of weekday breakfast and drivetime, weekend mornings, and hourly daytime news bulletins. Galaxy presenter Sacha Brooks was redeployed as a presenter on the station and until July 2012 also presented a specialist slot which was networked each Sunday overnight.

In April 2013 the station along with Heart West Midlands moved to new studios at Eleven Brindleyplace in central Birmingham.


Unlike other stations on the Capital network, the 102.2 Capital license was to primarily cater for Urban contemporary black music rather than a 'contemporary/chart music-led service'.[2] The radio station format stated that the service should provide 'a rhythmic-based music and information stations primarily for listeners of African or afro-Caribbean origin, but with cross over appeal to young white fans of urban contemporary black music'.[3][4]

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.[5] On 17 November 2011 it was announced Ofcom approved two format change requests.[6]

As of February 2014 the radio station opts out of networked programming for two hours each Saturday overnight, broadcasting specialist music.

Capital broadcasts local news updates, known as Capital Reports, each day - weekday bulletins air half hourly between 5am and 9am, then hourly from 9am to 6pm. At the weekend, local news is broadcast hourly between 6am and 12pm. Capital's news team also produces bulletins for Heart West Midlands.

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  1. ^ Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
  2. ^ "95.8 Capital radio station format". Ofcom. February 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  3. ^ 102.2 Capital radio station format
  4. ^ "Capital Birmingham Radio Station Format". Ofcom. June 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Global requests Capital format change Radio Today, 1 July 2011
  6. ^ Ofcom approves Capital format change Radio Today, 17 November 2011

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