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DC Thomson adds Original and Kingdom to radio set

Robert Kilgour

Robert Kilgour: ‘ideal buyers’


 

DC Thomson, the Dundee media company, has acquired two commercial radio stations, Kingdom FM and Original 106 which consolidates its position as Scotland’s biggest independent radio group.

The company acquired Wave FM in 2017. Original and Kingdom, which are being acquired for an undisclosed sum, will take DC Thomson’s reach above150,000 listeners in the north east of Scotland.

Mike Watson, chief executive officer for DC Thomson Media, said: “These acquisitions firmly position us as the largest Scottish owned radio group. We’re excited to have brought these two great stations in to our radio portfolio and look forward to working with the teams there to strengthen the offering to listeners, and provide them with quality local news content.”

Adam Findlay, managing director of Original, will join DC Thomson Media as head of radio. He said: “Both John Quinn and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Original 106 success story and recognise that for the station to enjoy continued growth and further expansion, it needs to become part of something bigger. DC Thomson Media is the best place for this to happen.

“The Original 106 team are among the best in the business and this coupled with the strength and talents of the DC Thomson Media team will make for a strong and progressive partnership with the ultimate aim of delivering the very best client solutions”.

As Head of Radio for DC Thomson Media, Mr Findlay will oversee all aspects of the radio operation across the DC Thomson Media radio portfolio of Original, Wave, and Kingdom.

Kingdom FM Chairman Robert Kilgour, who is stepping down, said: “DC Thomson Media are the ideal buyers for the station as they clearly have an understanding of the market in which Kingdom operates, and can take the station to the next level. We believe that this acquisition is good for the Kingdom’s listening audience, for our advertisers and shareholders, and our very hardworking staff.”

 



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