UTV Media (GB), the UK’s third largest commercial radio group, and music licensing company PPL, announce today that they have entered into new licence agreements covering use of PPL members’ music on UTV Media (GB)’s stations.

The licence updates UTV Media (GB)’s existing live broadcast and internet simulcast rights agreement and adds the ability for UTV to offer a 30 day listen again service across each of its 14 radio stations. This is the first time that PPL has licensed a commercial radio group to offer listen-again services.

UTV’s stations across England and Wales are comprised of national station talkSPORT and 13 leading local commercial music radio stations - Pulse 1, Pulse 2, Signal 1, Signal 2, Signal 107, Juice FM, The Wave, Swansea Sound, Radio Wave, Wish FM, Wire FM, Tower FM and Peak FM.

Collectively UTV Media (GB)’s radio stations reach 4.5 million listeners across the UK every week. Earlier this year, UTV’s music stations teamed up with NUA Entertainment to operate a major network music promotion, the Next Big Thing, which saw Pete Gardiner from Belfast beat hundreds of entrants in the singing competition to win a £100,000 recording contract.

Jimmy Buckland, Director of Strategy, UTV Media (GB) said “We’re pleased to be bringing our music licensing arrangements up to date via this new licence with PPL. The opportunity to introduce listen-again services is great news for our music radio audiences. In addition, this agreement will enable our continued use of music within talkSPORT’s award-winning sports radio output.”

Tony Clark, Director of Licensing, PPL said “This agreement is good news for both commercial radio and PPL’s members. Having previously discussed the licensing of listen again rights for radio programmes with a number of major broadcasters, we hope that this will be the first of more such agreements with the commercial radio sector.”

ENDS

For further information:

Laura Wootton

020 7959 7913 / 07824686365

Laura.wootton@utvmedia.co.uk