<!-- Commented out because image was deleted: -->Bauer Place
& Bauer Passion
are the names given to two radio networks owned and operated by Bauer Radio
incorporates 36 local radio stations in Northern & southern England and Scotland while Passion
incorporates six national or semi-national music genre stations.
The main rival networks are Global Radio
's Heart Network
(serving 22 stations) and The Capital FM Network
(serving nine stations) in Wales, the English Midlands and Southern England. Both Global networks play a differing music format, have not retained their original heritage branding and in most cases, incorporate a greater reliance on networked programming.
The Place network was originally known as the Big City Network
. In 2006, many of the former Scottish Radio Holdings
stations were added to the network and branded as Big City Network Scotland and Northern Ireland
, although all stations kept their original logos, with the exception of CFM. West Sound was the only AM station in the network although it did not carry any of the networked programming carried by the FM stations.
In April 2011 Bauer Radio announced it would be restructuring its radio portfolio into two divisions: locally-focused and heritage stations, including many of the Big City stations, South Coast station Wave 105
and London station Magic 105.4
would also become part of the "Bauer Place" division, with branded music-category stations such as Kiss