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Highland Radio is an Irish
radio station operating under a licence from the Broadcasting Commission
of Ireland, and is the licenced local radio service for the
Donegal (North) franchise. It began broadcasting in 1990, and is
currently franchised until 2014. The head of news at Highland Radio is
Greg Hughes. Highland's headquarters are located at the
Mountain Top in
It promotes itself as "Ireland's Number One Local Radio Station", a
claim backed up by having both the highest reach (69%) and market share
(64.3%) of any local station in the country. Highland Radio employs 21
full-time and 40 part-time employees.
The station's schedule comprises a mix of MOR and country music and
dance music, with its flagship shows including the Shaun Doherty Show
featuring discussions and debates on current affairs and the Power Hour
dance music request show.
On May 31 2005,
it was announced that the station was to be purchased by Scottish Radio
Holdings for €7M, however SRH itself was acquired by EMAP 21 days later.
The deal was cleared by both the BCI and the Irish Competition
Authority. EMAPs sole changes to the station to date have been
increasing the bandwidth of their web streams from 20 kbit/s to 128 kbit/s,
with no format or presenter changes.
On 16 July 2007 it was announced that Denis O'Brien's Communicorp had
agreed to purchase FM104, along with national station Today FM and
Highland Radio. The sale was however subject to both the Competition
Authority and Broadcasting Commission of Ireland approval.
On 8 October 2007 the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland approved the
proposed sale by EMAP to Communicorp of Today FM and Highland Radio, but
did not approve the proposed sale of FM104 to the company owned by Denis
A company owned by the Rabbitt family completed the purchase of Highland
Radio from Denis O'Brien's Communicorp Group in July 2008. Gerry Rabbitt
is a founder shareholder of Galway Bay FM and was managing director of
Galway Bay FM for 10 years.
Highland Radio -
Ireland's No.1 Local Radio Station
Situated in Donegal's
Largest Town, the bustling & Commercial Centre of Letterkenny
Donegal & Large Parts of Counties Derry & Tyrone,
Highland Radio is
ideally situated to reach a large audience throughout the entire
North West of Ireland.
Highland is heard in
large towns such as
Dungloe, Omagh, Strabane &
in Derry City, broadcasting to a potential audience of 300,000 +
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