Communicorp UK

British media companies

Facts and stats

Founded in 2014, Communicorp UK is the fourth largest commercial radio group in the UK. It owns regional radio stations across many parts of the UK, which licence brands and national programming from Global. Global also represents the stations on a national level, while Communicorp UK sells advertising locally. Communicorp UK produces local programming for the stations, mostly confined to breakfast and drivetime shows.

Communicorp UK also owns one local radio station in Manchester called XS, along with two local radio licences for Peterborough and Kettering, Smooth Radio Northants. They also acquired Heart Hertfordshire from Adventure Radio, the only Heart station not sold by Global to them. In 2019, they acquired BOB FM in north Hertfordshire which has since merged with Heart Herts.

It is owned by the Irish media company Communicorp, which was formed by Denis O'Brien in 1989. Communicorp is also present in a further seven countries.

Launched1 April 2014
Members ofRadiocentre

Titles owned

Capital Scotland
Central Scotland
Capital South Wales
Cardiff and Newport
Heart Hertfordshire
Watford, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Rickmansworth
Heart Hertfordshire (North)
Hertford, Welwyn Garden City & Stevenage
Heart North Wales
North and Mid Wales
Heart Yorkshire
South and West Yorkshire
Ministry of Results
Radio UP
Herts, Beds & Bucks
Smooth Radio Northamptonshire
Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough
Smooth Radio Peterborough
Smooth Radio East Midlands
East Midlands
Smooth Radio North West
North West England
Smooth Radio North East
North East England
XS Manchester

Contact Communicorp UK

Postal addressLevel 7
XYZ Building
2 Hardman Boulevard
M3 3AQ
Telephone+44 161 886 8800
Official website

Social media

Twitter@CommunicorpUK (1,087 followers) compare
FacebookCommunicorp UK (372 likes) compare
Data is from 2019. Feature awaiting Facebook re-authorisation.

Latest news stories

Communicorp-backed venture makes NHS podcasts
RadioToday - published 21 May 2020, 8.10am edt
Adam Brown takes over John Kennedy’s Radio X late show
RadioToday - published 30 April 2020, 7.04am edt
This month’s Aerial Award winner announced
RadioCentre - published 17 February 2020, 10.14am est
Smooth Radio regional Breakfast presenters confirmed
RadioToday - published 2 September 2019, 10.59am edt
Communicorp launches Sport Social for Smart Speakers
RadioToday - published 22 August 2019, 6.13am edt


Alison Forshaw Managing Director
Clare Rae Group Director of Marketing & Digital Audiences
Gavin Bruce Managing Director
Grace Hannah Director of People
Keith Crane Business Development
Mark Lee Chief Executive
Neil Sloan Group Programming Director

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