Virgin Radio

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Virgin Radio International
Industry Commercial Radio
Founded 2001
Area served
Revenue US$120 million

Virgin Radio is a brand owned by the Virgin Group. Virgin Radio International was established in 2001 to develop the brand and has since built one of the world's most popular music radio franchises, broadcasting 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 UK[edit]

Main article: Absolute Radio

The first Virgin Radio branded station initially broadcast in the UK between 1993 and 2008 under several owners, but was renamed Absolute Radio after a further ownership change in 2008.

In January 2015, it was announced that Virgin Radio International and UTV Media had partnered to relaunch 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 the station is expected to launch in early 2016.


Country Stations Frequency Year of Launch Operator
Canada Virgin Radio Calgary 98.5 FM [1] 2010 Bell Media
Virgin Radio Edmonton 104.9 FM [2] 2011
Virgin Radio London 97.5 FM [3] 2012
Virgin Radio Montreal 96 FM [4] 2009
Virgin Radio Toronto 99.9 FM [5] 2008
Virgin Radio Vancouver 94.5 FM [6] 2015
Virgin Radio Winnipeg 103.1 FM [7] 2012
Dubai Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4 FM [8] 2008 Arabian Radio Network
France Virgin Radio France Various [9] 2008 Lagardère Active
Italy Virgin Radio Italy Various [10] 2007 Gruppo Finelco
Lebanon Virgin Radio Lebanon 89.5 FM [11] 2013 Levant Media Hub
Thailand Virgin Hitz 95.5 FM [12] 2002 BEC-Tero Radio
Turkey Virgin Radio Turkey Various [13] 2013 Karnaval

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