Virgin Radio

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Virgin Radio International
TypePrivate company
Industry Commercial radio
Area served
RevenueApprox. US$100 million

Virgin Radio launched in the United Kingdom in 1993. In 2008, Virgin Radio UK was sold to TIML, a subsidiary of The Times of India group, and the name was changed to Absolute Radio; the Virgin Radio name was not included in the sale.


In 2001, the Virgin Group teamed up with an Asia-focused investment fund to launch Virgin Radio Asia. Radio stations were launched in China, India and Thailand between 2002 and 2006. Virgin Radio Asia acquired a global remit in 2006, transforming into Virgin Radio International. [1]

Whilst expansion continued in Asia with additional stations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Indonesia, Virgin Radio also launched in Italy, France, Lebanon, Turkey, Romania, Oman and Switzerland, as well as 12 cities in Canada. Virgin Radio re-launched in the UK in 2016 and there are now 4 Virgin Radio stations in the UK. [2]

Music television stations were also launched in France and Italy. [3] [4]

As of November 2020, there are over 40 Virgin Radio stations globally. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]


CountryStationsFrequencyYear of launchOperator
Canada Virgin Radio Calgary (CIBK-FM) 98.5 FM 2010 Bell Media
Virgin Radio Edmonton (CFMG-FM) 104.9 FM 2011
Virgin Radio Halifax (CJCH-FM) 101.3 FM 2016
Virgin Radio Kelowna (CHSU-FM) 99.9 FM 2019 [16]
Virgin Radio Kitchener (CFCA-FM) 105.3 FM 2016
Virgin Radio London (CIQM-FM) 97.5 FM 2012
Virgin Radio Montreal (CJFM-FM) 95.9 FM 2009
Virgin Radio Toronto (CKFM-FM) 99.9 FM 2008
Virgin Radio Vancouver (CFBT-FM) 94.5 FM 2015
Virgin Radio Victoria (CHBE-FM) 107.3 FM 2019 [17]
Virgin Radio Windsor (CIDR-FM) 93.9 FM 2020 [18]
Virgin Radio Winnipeg (CKMM-FM) 103.1 FM 2012
France Virgin Radio France Various FM 2008 Lagardère Active
Virgin Radio France HitsInternet Radio2015
Virgin Radio France Classics
Virgin Radio France Tonic
Virgin Radio France Rock
Virgin Radio France New
Virgin Radio France Electroshock
Virgin Radio France Nouvelle Scène2019
Italy Virgin Radio Italy Various FM 2007 Mediaset S.p.A.
Virgin Radio Italy Classic RockInternet Radio2010
Virgin Radio Italy Hard Rock
Virgin Radio Italy Rock '70
Virgin Radio Italy Rock '80
Virgin Radio Italy Rock '902015
Virgin Radio Italy Alternative Rock
Virgin Radio Italy Rock Ballads
Virgin Radio Italy Rock Hits
Virgin Radio Italy Rock 2K
Virgin Radio Italy Rock Party
Lebanon Virgin Radio Lebanon 89.5 FM 2013Levant Media Hub
Virgin Radio Stars Lebanon89.7 FM 2019 [19]
Oman Virgin Radio Oman100.9 FM 2018 [20] SABCO Media
Romania Virgin Radio Romania Various FM 2017Czech Media Invest
Switzerland Virgin Radio SwitzerlandDAB 2018 [21] Radio Medien AG
Virgin Radio Rock Switzerland
Turkey Virgin Radio Turkey Various FM 2013Karnaval
United Arab Emirates Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4 FM 2008 Arab Media Group
United Kingdom Virgin Radio UK DAB 2016 News UK
Virgin Radio Anthems UK2018 [22]
Virgin Radio Chilled UK
Virgin Radio Groove UK2019 [23]

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  1. "About Virgin Radio International".
  2. "Virgin Radio International".
  3. "Virgin Radio France TV".
  4. "Virgin Radio Italy".
  5. "Virgin Radio Canada".
  6. "Virgin Radio France".
  7. "Virgin Radio Jakarta".
  8. "Virgin Radio Italy".
  9. "Virgin Radio Lebanon".
  10. "Virgin Radio Oman".
  11. "Virgin Radio Romania".
  12. "Virgin Radio Switzerland".
  13. "Virgin Radio Turkey".
  14. "Virgin Radio Dubai".
  15. "Virgin Radio UK".
  16. "99.9 Virgin Radio Launches in Kelowna". Kelowna Capital News. 3 October 2019.
  17. "Victoria's KOOL FM becomes 107.3 Virgin Radio". CTV News Vancouver Island. 8 February 2019.
  18. "Bell Media Launches Pure Country 89 & Virgin Radio 93.9 In Windsor/Detroit". radioINSIGHT. 19 November 2020.
  19. "Ben Weston fronts new Virgin Radio Stars in Beirut". Radio Today. 2 September 2019.
  20. "Virgin Radio launches in Oman, targets youth market". Arabian Business. 10 March 2018.
  21. "Switzerland's Virgin Radio Launches Two New DAB+ Stations". Radio World. 24 January 2018.
  22. "Wireless launches new digital channels - Virgin Radio Anthems and Virgin Radio Chilled". News UK. January 2019.
  23. "Wireless brings back Virgin Radio Groove on DAB+". Radio Today. 30 December 2019.