Irn Chosen By Canwest For Bristol's New Original 106.5 Fm

IRN, the UK’s leading news and content provider for commercial radio, has won a new contract to provide news for Bristol’s newest commercial radio station Original 106.5 FM.

The Bristol licence was snapped up by the Canadian media group CanWest MediaWorks Inc. who launched the Original brand in Southampton last year. The service launches this Sunday May 20. Original 106.5 FM will offer a mix of speech and rock music aimed at the male ABC1 demographic in the Bristol area.

This new contract is an important development for IRN as, working with CanWest MediaWorks International for the first time, they will bring IRN’s news service to an even greater audience. IRN already supplies a comprehensive news service to other commercial radio stations around the UK, 24 hours a day, with a collective audience of 20 million.

Radio industry veteran, Tom Hunter who previously ran Key103 in Manchester, Radio City in Liverpool and Real Radio Scotland is Managing Director of Original 106.5. On announcing the IRN contract he said: ‘IRN is just right for us with its up to the minute audio and years of experience in commercial radio. IRN consistently deliver high quality journalism and it is a perfect fit for our station.’

John Perkins, Managing Director of IRN said: ‘It’s fantastic news that CanWest chose us as their news supplier for the Original 106.5 in Bristol. We look forward to building our relationship with CanWest and delivering national news to Original 106.5 listeners around the clock.’

Enquiries: John Nolan, ITN press office, 020 7430 4216

About IRN IRN is the major news and content provider to commercial radio in the UK supplying over 260 radio stations with a combined audience of 20 million listeners. IRN also distributes a range of other programming to commercial radio stations including the three commercial chart shows -Hit 40 UK, ‘A’ list and Fresh 40.

About CanWest In September, 2005, CanWest MediaWorks Inc. became the first foreign media company to be awarded a broadcast licence in the United Kingdom. Original 106 serves the Solent region of the U.K., and officially went on air October 1, 2006.

Original 106 plays an album-led mix of music from a wide range of artists, targeting listeners in the 40-59 year-old demographic.

CanWest MediaWorks Inc. was awarded its second UK radio licence in September 2006. The new station will serve residents of Bristol, in south west England. CanWest hopes to further expand its radio presence in the UK by applying for additional licences.

CanWest MediaWorks Inc. is a subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. which owns Global Television, a coast-to-coast Canadian broadcasting network that reaches more than 94% of English-speaking Canada; CH, a second network that broadcasts in Montreal, Hamilton and Victoria; eight specialty channels that offer niche programming including TVTropolis, radio stations in Winnipeg and Kitchener, and the National Post newspaper.

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