GCap Media

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GCap Media was a British commercial radio company formed from the merger of the Capital Radio Group and GWR Group.<!-- both redirect here, hence bold --> The merger was completed in May 2005. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. On 31 March 2008 the company agreed a takeover by Global Radio for £375 million.

On November 1, 2008, Global Radio discontinued using the name GCap Media.

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Capital Radio Group

Capital Radio Group was, until May 2005, a London-based British radio group. The company was originally set up to operate a General Entertainment Independent Local Radio service in October 1973. Capital Radio was the second legal commercial radio station to launch in the UK, a few days after London news station LBC. In the 1980s the station was allowed to operate separate services on AM and FM.

Changes to media ownership laws meant that Capital Radio Group was able to acquire other stations throughout the UK, becoming a powerful player in the UK's commercial radio industry; before the merger with GWR. In 1993, Capital bought BRMB, and in 1994 the Southern Radio Group which owned (Southern FM, Invicta FM and Power FM). Fox FM in Oxfordshire and Red Dragon FM in Wales were also purchased in the...
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