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Global is a British media company. As a commercial radio operator, it is the largest in the UK and owns many of the best-known brands. It is also a music publisher and talent company in the UK and US, operates music television channels, and owns and operates the Global Academy University Technology College in Hayes.

Global grew by purchasing the Chrysalis Radio group in 2007, then the merged operations of GWR Group plc and Capital Radio plc in 2008. It has since acquired other companies and stations. It sold a number of its stations to Communicorp UK to comply with competition law, though continues to own the brand, supply the stations with national programming, and represent the stations to national advertisers.

A family business, Global was initially financially funded by the businessman and racehorse-owner, Michael Tabor. His son, Ashley Tabor, has run the company since it started, and is currently Founder and Executive President.

LaunchedJune 2007
Members ofRadiocentre
Former namesGCap Media
Chrysalis Radio
Capital Radio Group
GWR Group
GMG Radio

Titles owned

Capital Brighton
Brighton and Hove
Capital Birmingham
Capital Cymru
Anglesey & Gwynedd
Capital East Midlands
East Midlands
Capital Lancashire
Capital London
Greater London
Capital Liverpool
Capital Manchester
Greater Manchester
Capital North East
North East England
Capital North West and North Wales
North Wales Coast, Wirral & Wrexham & Cheshire
Capital South Coast
South Hampshire
Capital XTRA
Capital XTRA Reloaded
Capital Yorkshire
Classic FM
Heart 70s
Heart 80s
Heart 90s
Heart Cambridgeshire
Peterborough and Cambridge
Heart Cornwall
Heart Dance
Heart East Anglia
Norfolk, Suffolk
Heart Essex
Essex and East Herts
Heart Four Counties
Milton Keynes, Northampton, Herts, Beds and Bucks, Bedford
Heart Gloucestershire
Gloucester and Cheltenham
Heart Kent
Maidstone, Medway and East Kent
Heart London
Greater London
Heart North East
North East England
Heart North Lancashire and Cumbria
North Lancashire & South Cumbria
Heart North West
North West England
Heart Scotland
Central Scotland
Heart Solent
South Hampshire and West Sussex, Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch
Heart South Wales
South Wales
Heart South West
Exeter, Torbay, Plymouth, Barnstaple, Ifracombe, Bideford, South Hams
Heart Sussex & Surrey
Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, Reigate and Crawley
Heart Thames Valley
Berkshire, North Hampshire, Oxfordshire
Heart UK
Heart West Country
West Country
Heart West Midlands
West Midlands
Heart Wiltshire
Swindon,Trowbridge, Highworth
LBC News
Radio X
Smooth Chill
Smooth Country
Smooth Radio Lake District
The Lake District
Smooth Radio London
Greater London
Smooth Radio Scotland
Smooth Radio UK
Smooth Radio Wales
Wales & Chester
Smooth Radio West Midlands
West Midlands

Contact Global

Postal address30 Leicester Square
Telephone+44 20 7766 6000
Official website

Social media

Twitter@global (32,123 followers) compare
Twitter: Newsdesk@GlobalsNewsroom (6,161 followers) compare
FacebookGlobal (9,700 likes) compare
Data is from 2019. Feature awaiting Facebook re-authorisation.

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Adam Johnson Director of Marketing
Andrew Bailey Managing Editor (Digital) LBC and LBC News
Andy Vogel Broadcast Engineer
Ashley Tabor Founder and Executive President
Ashley Bard Group Head of Brand Production
Byrion Smith Creative Technologist
Charlotte Sullivan Senior Broadcast Journalist - East of England
Chris Baughen Managing Editor - Global Player
Darren Singer Chief Financial Officer
Graham Sarath Area Business Director
Greg Hughes Group Head of Programming Operations
Ian Hanson Chief Operating Officer
James Rea Director of Broadcasting
Lord Allen of Kensington CBE Chairman
Lucinda Horsley Journalist
Mark Findlay Group Head of Music Relations
Matt Garforth Product Manager
Matt Gray Managing Engineer (London)
Mike Gordon Chief Commercial Officer
Richard Park Senior Programming Advisor
Simon Blake Senior Engineer
Stephen Clarke Broadcast Engineer
Stephen Miron Group CEO
Tim John Head of Global's Newsroom
Will Harding Chief Strategy Officer

Other information

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