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
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
London Stock Exchange .
In 1995 it acquired Morton Newspapers which owned around 20
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
Kiss 101 and
Kiss 105-108 . The group's FM stations
Scotland formed a local version of the
Big City Network which Emap
were already operating in England.
Emap also took on SRH's AM stations
Wave 105 on England's south coast, and two stations in
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
* ^ "Radio group in takeover talks".
BBC News . 20 December 2000.
* ^ Laing, Allan; Archer, Helen; West, Karl (22 June 2005). "Will
Clyde flow on after takeover? Concern over future of city station
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* ^ Brook, Stephen (21 June 2005). "
Emap snaps up Scottish Radio
The Guardian . Retrieved 28 December 2014.
* ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (7 December 2007). "
Emap sells magazines
and radio divisions to Bauer for £1.14bn". Campaign . Retrieved 4