M/14/006 – Communicorp / Cardiff Broadcasting / Gwent Area Broadcasting / Galaxy Radio / Real Radio / Smooth Radio

Transaction details

The proposed acquisition of sole control by Communicorp Group Limited of Cardiff Broadcasting Company Limited, Gwent Area Broadcasting Limited, Galaxy Radio Scotland Limited, Real Radio (Yorkshire) Limited, Real Radio North Limited, Real Radio XS Limited, Smooth Radio Midlands Limited, Smooth Radio NE Limited and Smooth Radio Limited has been cleared by the Competition Authority.

Notification date Decision date
Monday February 10, 2014 Thursday, February 27, 2014
Parties Involved Business activities
Communicorp Group Limited

Communicorp has businesses engaged in various media channels in Ireland and across Europe. It owns and operates radio stations in Ireland, Bulgaria, Latvia and Jordan.

Cardiff Broadcasting Company Limited

The Target Companies, which are ultimately controlled by This Is Global Limited, are involved in the market for radio advertising in the UK.

Gwent Area Broadcasting Limited
Galaxy Radio Scotland Limited
Real Radio (Yorkshire) Limited
Real Radio North Limited
Real Radio XS Limited
Smooth Radio Midlands Limited
Smooth Radio NE Limited
Smooth Radio Limited
Economic sector Media merger
The industry sector involved is the market for radio advertising in the UK. Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Barry O'Donnell

Tel: 01-804 5396, e-mail: bod@tca.ie

Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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