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Wireless is a radio broadcasting company with local and national stations across the United Kingdom and Ireland. It's owned by News Corp, who bought the company for £220m in June 2016. The company is operated as a sub-brand of News Corp's British newspaper publisher News UK.

The Wireless Group was founded by former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie, and purchased local radio companies The Radio Partnership in 1999 and Forever Broadcasting in 2004. It was purchased by television operator UTV Media in 2005, and was known as UTV Media until 2016, when ITV purchased UTV's television franchise in Northern Ireland.

The company rebranded as Wireless in 2018.

Audience figures4,640,000 weekly listenersRAJAR September 2018
OwnerNews UK
Former namesUTV Radio Ireland
UTV Radio (GB)
UTV Media (GB)
Wireless Group PLC

Titles owned

Cork's 96FM
Limerick's Live 95FM
Louth and Meath
Peak FM
Pulse 1
Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale
Pulse 2
Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale
Pulse 80s
Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale
Dublin's Q102
Scottish Sun 80s
Central Scotland
Scottish Sun Greatest Hits
Central Scotland
Scottish Sun Hits
Central Scotland
Signal 1
Staffordshire and Cheshire
Signal 107
Wolverhampton, Telford, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Kidderminster
Signal 2
Staffordshire and Cheshire
Signal 80s
Staffordshire and Cheshire
Swansea Sound
Swansea and South West Wales
talkSPORT 2
Total Access Radio
107.4 Tower FM
Bolton and Bury
Greater Belfast and surrounding area
Virgin Radio UK
The Wave 80s
Swansea & South West Wales
Radio Wave 96.5
Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde
96.4 The Wave
Swansea and Surrounding Areas
107.2 Wire FM
Warrington, Widnes & Runcorn
102.4 Wish FM
Wigan and St Helens

Contact Wireless

Postal addressWireless Group PLC
Ormeau Road
Telephone+44 28 9032 8122
Official website

Social media

Twitter@WirelessGSales (1,503 followers) compare
FacebookNews UK (141 likes) compare

Latest news stories

Cork’s 96Mas brings Christmas to the airwaves
IBI - published 15 November 2018, 12.05pm est
Chris Evans to move his Radio 2 team to Virgin Radio
RadioToday - published 15 November 2018, 6.03am est
Un "Virgin Radio Live" à Nantes
La Lettre.Pro Radio - published 5 November 2018, 2.00am est
Absolute Radio, a ten year old over achiever #IRFradiofest
Asia Radio Today - published 1 November 2018, 7.19am edt
Absolute Radio, a ten year old over achiever #IRFradiofest - published 1 November 2018, 7.15am edt


Andy Parry Digital Content Manager
Christian Smith Group Head of Music - UK
Francis Currie Group Content Director - Music Radio
Iain Fowler Director of Local Radio
Jimmy Buckland Director of Strategy
Jo Bucci Chief Operating Officer
Liam Fisher Director of National Radio
Neil Sedley Technology Manager, National
Scott Taunton Chief Executive Officer
Terry Underhill ILR Group Programme Director

…at News UK

Rachael Clarke Video Journalist & Creative Producer
Rebekah Brooks Chief Executive

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