DC Thomson Media has announced the acquisition of two of Scotland’s biggest radio stations.
The firm, which publishes The Evening Express and its sister title The Press and Journal, confirmed Original 106 and Kingdom FM would be added to its portfolio.
Following the purchase of Wave FM in 2017, the firm’s radio reach will now top 150,000 listeners – stretching from Aberdeenshire to Fife.
Mike Watson, chief executive officer for DC Thomson Media, said: “These acquisitions firmly position us as the largest Scottish-owned radio group.
“We’re excited to have brought these two great stations into our radio portfolio and look forward to working with the teams there to strengthen the offering to listeners and provide them with quality local news content.”
Adam Findlay, managing director of Original 106, will join DC Thomson Media as head of radio. He will oversee all aspects of the radio operation across the DC Thomson Media portfolio of Original, Wave and Kingdom.
Adam said: “I’m very excited to be joining DCT Media. There are significant changes in the radio landscape which will present numerous opportunities for developing and growing our radio ambitions, and I look forward to working with the team to maximise these opportunities.
“The Original 106 team are among the best in the business and this, coupled with the strength and talents of the DC Thomson Media team, will make for a strong and progressive partnership with the ultimate aim of delivering the very best client solutions.”
The acquisition means even more people across Scotland will have access to locally reported news from DC Thomson Media, through the newspaper portfolio and widespread radio reach.
Kingdom FM chairman Robert Kilgour, who is choosing to step away from radio, said: “DC Thomson Media are the ideal buyers for the station as they clearly have an understanding of the market in which Kingdom operates and can take the station to the next level.”