GMG Radio to sell Rock Radio

By | Published on Friday 29 July 2011

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The Guardian’s radio company is selling its Rock Radio Scotland franchise. The Glasgow-based station will become its own company via a management buy-out being led by Billy Anderson, who is currently Brand MD at GMG Radio for both the Rock Radio and Real Radio networks. The Manchester version of Rock Radio will be rebranded Real Radio XS as a result of the deal.

Confirming his company was in negotiations with a consortium led by Anderson re selling its Rock Radio Scotland franchise, and that the Manchester version of it would be rebranded as a result, GMG Radio boss Stuart Taylor told reporters: “There is a clear appetite for the music we play and these plans will give both stations the best possible chance of growth and success, provide an attractive commercial proposition for advertisers and mean that this genre of music continues to thrive in these two regions. Billy has been a key figure in GMG Radio’s growth and a great support at both station and board level and with his passion for rock music and keen eye for business we wish him every success for the future”.

Assuming the deal goes ahead, GMG Radio will then operate just two radio networks, Real Radio and Smooth Radio.