Roberts Radio

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For the reel-to-reel tape recorders sold under the Roberts brand, see Akai Electric Company.
Roberts Radio Ltd
Subsidiary of Glen Dimplex
Industry Audio & Video equipment
Founded 1932
Headquarters Mexborough, South Yorkshire
Products DAB/DAB+, analogue, world radios, and Smart Radios. Bluetooth Speakers. Multi-room Wireless Speakers.
Revenue N/A
Number of employees
N/A
Website www.robertsradio.com
Roberts Revival RD60 DAB+/DAB/FM Radio (Cobalt Blue)

Roberts Radio is a consumer electronics limited company based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England. It has been producing radios for over 80 years. Initially the company only traded in the United Kingdom, but now exports worldwide. The company was initially based in central London, near Oxford Circus and then at Rathbone Place, but moved to East Molesey in 1941. In 1962, the company had a purpose-built factory constructed in West Molesey. The company has been granted three Royal warrants in its own right, and one via the purchase of Dynatron Radio Ltd,[n 1] in 1981.[1]

The company was founded in 1932 by Harry Roberts and Leslie Bidmead[2]
They financed the down payment on a small factory by selling Bidmead's motorbike.[3]

Roberts produced their first DAB digital radio in 1999.[2]

The company was struggling in the 1980s when one of its transistor radios appeared in a 1989 Martini ad, reviving interest in the product. Two limited edition product runs sold out and led to the reissue of the original design as the Revival model, inspired by a handbag belonging to Harry Roberts' wife Elsie.[3]


Roberts Radio is a subsidiary of the privately owned Glen Dimplex Group, which operates from the Republic of Ireland.[citation needed]


The company's current CEO is Owen Watters.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bought from Philips, previously owned by Pye and EKCO

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Telegraph, The Roberts Radio is 80, By Emma Barnett, 19 August 2011
  2. ^ a b Fielding, James; Benson, Richard (October 2007). Made in Britain. Summersdale Publishers. pp. 211–213. ISBN 9781840246056. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Watson-Smyth, Kate (1 March 2013). "Sense of majesty--Design: The Roberts radio". ft.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  4. ^ http://ertonline.co.uk/ERT%20Latest%20News/watters-to-take-over-as-roberts-chief-exec.htm

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