NME Radio

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NME Radio
NME logo.png
Slogan "Thirst for music"
First air date 2008
Format New and alternative music
Owner IPC Media (Time Warner) & Town & Country Broadcasting
Website nmeradio.com/

NME Radio was a radio station operated under NME magazine branding, that broadcast a commercially oriented alternative music format. It first began broadcasting on 24 June 2008 and ceased on 25 March 2013.


Radio 1/NME tent at the 2005 Reading Festival

Initial plans for an NME-branded radio station were revealed to the media in late 2007 by Sammy Jacob, creator of XFM, who left the station following its purchase by Global Radio.[1] The station began operating under licence soon after by DX Media, a company operated by Jacob.[2][3]

Broadcast from studios in the Blue Fin Building in South Bank, London, also home to IPC Media, NME Radio was launched on 24 June 2008 with its first track being "Knights of Cydonia" by British rock band Muse.[3][4]

On Friday 11 June 2010, almost two years after its launch, The Guardian reported that NME Radio was to cease broadcasting on DAB digital radio, Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat platforms, and would revert to an online only "jukebox" format after DX Media had decided to end the agreement to operate the service.[5][6]

On 21 July 2010, IPC Media signed a new licence agreement with local radio group Town and Country Broadcasting.[7] NME Radio relaunched in September 2010 and returned to some regional digital audio broadcasting (DAB) multiplexes. The station returned to Freesat and Sky, where it was available until 5 December 2011. Following the new licensing agreement, operation sites were split between IPC Media's London HQ and Town and Country Broadcasting's station in south Wales, Nation Radio.

The Town and Country incarnation of the station ceased broadcasting on 25 March 2013 at midday.[8]


Under the control of DX Media, NME Radio featured 16 hours of live broadcasting with a variety of presenters. Following the stations purchase by Town and Country Broadcasting, some daytime programmes were initially introduced.

Availability (at time of demise)[edit]

  • Online
  • DAB Radio – Cardiff & Newport Multiplex, Berkshire & North Hampshire Multiplex.


  1. ^ "Xfm co-founder to launch NME Radio". Music Week. 
  2. ^ Sophie Morris (9 June 2008). "My Life In Media: Sammy Jacob". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b John Plunkett (24 September 2008). "NME Radio to go up against Xfm". Guardian Unlimited. London. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Muse song first ever played on NME Radio". NME Radio. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  5. ^ "NME Radio To Leave DAB". Radio Today. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "NME digital radio service pulled". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Plunkett, John (21 July 2010). "NME Radio to bring back presenters". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "NME Radio comes to unexpected end". Music Week. 

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