Global Radio / GMG merger inquiry

The Competition Commission has decided that Global Radio Holdings Limited must sell radio stations in seven areas of the UK following its completed acquisition of Real and Smooth Limited (formerly GMG Radio Holdings Limited).

Administrative timetable

  • Published on 31 October 2012, as required by Rule 6 of the Competition Commission Rules of Procedure. Any further revisions made to the timetable will be published on this website.
11 October 2012 Merger reference made
Mid October to Early November Gathering information, issuing questionnaires, third party hearings
Mid November Publish statement of issues
Early January 2013 Main party hearings
January Verifying information, considering provisional findings
11 January Deadline for all parties’ responses/submissions required before provisional findings
February Publishing provisional findings
March Consider possible remedies and response hearing(s)
26 April Final deadline for all parties’ responses/submissions
May Publish final report
22 May 2013 Revised statutory deadline

Phase 2

Date of referral: 11.10.12 Statutory deadline: 22.05.13





Responses to provisional findings and notice of possible remedies

Responses to issues statement

Summaries of hearings held with third parties

Initial submissions

News releases

Core documents

Phase 1

Global Radio / GMG Radio


11 October 2012 - Reference

Affected market: Radio advertising

Links: Press release (11 October 2012) Report of the OFT to the Secretary of State of 28 September 2012 (pdf 416kb) Report of the OFT to the Secretary of State of 28 September 2012

Completed acquisition by Global Radio Holdings Limited of Real and Smooth Limited (formerly GMG Radio Holdings Limited)

Affected market: Radio advertising No. ME/5561/12


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