Absolute Radio started on April 30, 1993, still owned by the Virgin Group of Richard Branson under the name Virgin Radio. Virgin Radio was also called Virgin Radio UK and Virgin Radio 1215AM in contrast to the other Virgin stations .
The station began its program with a live announcement from Branson and a Top 1215 hit parade with presenter Richard Skinner - based on the nationwide medium wave frequency of 1215 kHz. The first track came from the Australian rock band INXS and was a version of the Steppenwolf classic Born to Be Wild recorded especially for Virgin Radio .
After Classic FM , Virgin was the UK's second national commercial broadcaster . Virgin Radio now also broadcasts on VHF in London and the south-east of England on 105.8 MHz, which broadcasts regional traffic services, among other things.
The station can also be received in the UK via cable, satellite and DAB . In the rest of Europe, Africa and Japan, reception using various satellites is also possible. Various streaming formats are available on the Internet. For example, the station is one of the standard radio streams from Apple's iTunes.
Virgin Radio belonged to the SMG and in the meantime the company Ginger Media of the ex-morning presenter Chris Evans. From 2007 to 2013 the station belonged to TIML Radio Ltd., a subsidiary of The Times Group, which publishes, among other things, the English-language Indian daily newspaper The Times of India . At the end of July 2013, the sale to the Bauer Media Group for the equivalent of around 25 million euros was announced.
Virgin Radio UK has been called Absolute Radio since September 29, 2008 . It continues to be transmitted on the frequency 1215 kHz, which is operated in simulcast with several transmitter locations.
- Jens F. Hofstadt - Radioszene.de: Bauer Media Group buys Absolute Radio. July 30, 2013, accessed August 15, 2013 .