Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) was a Scottish media company which owned
22 radio stations, and around 30 local newspapers in the United
Kingdom and Ireland.
SRH had its origins in the 1970s when
Glasgow was awarded the third
licence for a commercial station in the UK. As a result in 1973 Radio
Clyde began broadcasting. Unlike the two existing commercial stations
(both in London),
Radio Clyde was an immediate success. This was
helped in part by strong financial backers that included Sean Connery
and Jackie Stewart.
In 1991 laws controlling the ownership of commercial stations were
relaxed. Clyde merged with
Radio Forth to form SRH and immediately
floated on the London Stock Exchange.
In 1995 it acquired Morton Newspapers which owned around 20 newspapers
in Northern Ireland. Since then SRH expanded operations by acquiring
further publications in
Scotland and Ireland.
SRH had a network of 22 stations when it was acquired by rival media
Emap on 21 June 2005. The newspaper titles published by SRH,
collectively known as Score Press, was sold to
Johnston Press for
£155 million. The group's newspaper interests were sold off
as were the firm's radio operations in Ireland. SRH's UK radio
operations were integrated into those of
Emap with the two SRH-owned
Vibe FM stations becoming
Kiss 101 and Kiss 105-108. The group's FM
Scotland formed a local version of the Big City Network
Emap were already operating in England.
Emap also took on SRH's
AM stations in Scotland,
Wave 105 on England's south coast, and two
Northern Ireland from SRH.
In December 2007,
Emap announced that their consumer media interests
including radio stations would be sold to
Hamburg based Bauer Media
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