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Xfm Scotland to return next month

By | Published on Tuesday 25 March 2014

Xfm Scotland

Xfm has announced 7 Apr as the date of its return to the airwaves in Scotland, specifically Glasgow, where it will replace Real Radio XS on the 96.3FM frequency. This follows owner Global Radio’s recent shake-up of its brands portfolio, initiated by its acquisition of the GMG Radio company, and its subsequent deal with Communicorp to offload some FM franchises and licence back to the Irish media firm some of its content and brands.

As with Xfm’s Manchester station, much of its output will be syndicated from its London counterpart, though there will be some original programming too. Original Xfm Scotland presenter and, for that matter, CMU co-founder Fraser Thomson will present the breakfast show, while Jim Gellatly will handle drivetime, and Tom Russell will be in to present weekend breakfast.

Xfm Managing Editor, Chris Baughen said: “Coming back to Scotland after nearly six years away is huge for us. We’re really excited to be returning to our loyal listeners across the country. We’ll continue to support emerging Scottish bands, as well as Xfm favourites from across indie, alternative and rock music”.

Meanwhile, Thomson added: “Scotland has a strong connection with music so Xfm is a great station for Scotland. I’ll be squeezing loads of tunes into four hours, unearthing some new gems and digging out some old favourites”.

Xfm Scotland originally launched in 2006, replacing one-time independent new music station Beat 106, before being rebranded as Galaxy Scotland in 2008, and latterly Capital FM Scotland (which will continue to air on Xfm’s original Scottish frequencies)