The British newspaper The Times will have its own radio station. As of Monday, June 29, Times Radio can be received on DAB in many parts of the United Kingdom. Times Radio is to become the commercial counterpart of BBC Radio 4.
For Times Radio, The Times and The Sunday Times have teamed up with Wireless, which owns Virgin Radio, Talk Sports and Talk Radio, among others. Wireless is owned by NewsCorp by Rupert Murdoch, who owns the two papers.
At the end of last year, there were rumors that Talkradio might be renamed Times Radio, but this turned out to be incorrect. Talk radio will continue to exist.
Quite a number of well-known and respected names have been attracted to Times Radio, including various employees of The Times. But also John Pienaar (deputy political editor at BBC), Mariella Frostrup (former BBC Radio 4 presenter), Phil Williams (former BBC radio 5 Live presenter), Carole Walker (former BBC political reporter) and Calum Macdonald ( ex BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Scotland).
It is also striking that Times Radio will not broadcast regular commercial breaks. Advertisers do have the opportunity to sponsor programs or program components.
Times Radio will broadcast via the national DAB network of Sound Digital on channel 11A, which also broadcasts Virgin Radio and its theme channels, Talkradio and Talksport2. Because this multiplex is completely full, space has been created for Times Radio by converting Talkradio and Talksport2 from the old DAB standard to DAB +.