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Capital Mid-Counties

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Capital Mid-Counties
Capital FM Network logo.png
  • DAB: 12D Arqiva Coventry
  • FM: 95.9 MHz Brackley
  • FM: 96.2 MHz Coventry
  • FM: 101.6 MHz Lichfield
  • FM: 102 MHz Stratford upon Avon
  • FM: 102.4 MHz Burton
  • FM: 107.1 MHz Rugby
  • FM: 107.3 MHz Warwick
  • FM: 107.6 MHz Banbury
  • RDS: Capital_
SloganThe UK's No.1 Hit Music Station
FormatContemporary hit radio
First air date
2 December 2019 (2019-12-02)
WebcastGlobal Player Edit this at Wikidata

Capital Mid-Counties is a regional radio station owned by Quidem and operated by Global as part of the Capital network. It broadcasts to Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, south Staffordshire, the Cotswolds and north Oxfordshire.

The station launched on 2 December 2019, following the merger of six Quidem-owned stations, including Touch FM, Rugby FM and Banbury Sound.


Under relaxed OFCOM requirements for local content on commercial radio, Capital Mid-Counties is permitted to share all programming between the six licences, all located within the approved area of the Midlands.[1]

These licences previously broadcast as separate stations:

By 2006, The Bear 102, Centre FM and Kix 96 were rebranded by then-owners CN Group as Touch FM - with similar branding adopted by the Warwick and Banbury stations upon their launch. In the same year, the CN Group acquired Rugby FM and transferred its operations to a regional broadcast centre in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

In 2009, the CN Group sold off its radio interests in the Midlands. The Banbury station was sold to a private consortium in a staff buyout in April and subsequently rebranded as a wholly independent operation, Banbury Sound. In June, the four Touch FM stations and Rugby FM were sold for an undisclosed price to Quidem, a newly established company set up by former GCap Media directors Steve Orchard and Wendy Pallot.

The new owners introduced a new format identified on-air as Classic Hits and The Best Of Today with live breakfast shows and voicetracked Drivetime shows for each licence area. In October 2010, Quidem reacquired Banbury Sound, which co-located to Quidem's main studios at Honiley in Warwickshire and reintroduced networked output but retained its separate branding.

From 2012 until 2016, Touch FM's service for Burton, Lichfield & Tamworth was broadcast from studios in Coalville, Leicestershire, shared with Oak FM (sold off by Quidem in 2015) until shortly after that station's sudden closure, when it moved to the Honiley studios.

In September 2019, Quidem announced it had entered a brand licensing agreement with Global, citing financial losses.[2] The agreement allows the group to carry the branding and programming from one of Global's radio networks while retaining ownership of its six licences - effectively being operated as franchises.

Two months later, OFCOM granted permission for Quidem to change the licensed Formats of its local stations to "a rhythmic-based music-led service for 15-29 year-olds supplemented with news, information and entertainment" - a move which brought the stations into line with the formats of Global's Capital network.[3]

On 27 November 2019, it was confirmed the six Quidem stations would merge and join the Capital network on Monday 2 December 2019.[4] Touch FM, Rugby FM and Banbury Sound ceased broadcasting at 7pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

Regional programming on the station consists of a three-hour Drivetime show on weekdays, alongside localised opt-outs for news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising. All other local output was replaced with networked programming from London. Local news output for Capital Mid-Counties is produced by Global.[2]


Regional programming is produced and broadcast from Quidem's Honiley studios from 4-7pm on weekdays, presented by Ollie Gallant and Simon Alexander.

All networked programming originates from Global's London headquarters.


Global's Newsroom broadcasts hourly localised news updates from 6am-7pm on weekdays and 6am-12 noon at weekends with headlines on the half-hour during Capital Breakfast on weekdays. Separate bulletins are produced for the licence areas previously served by Touch FM, Rugby FM and Banbury Sound.


  1. ^ Statement: Request to change Format – Banbury Sound, Rugby FM and Touch FM,, 14 November 2019
  2. ^ a b Martin, Roy (2 September 2019). "Quidem enters brand licensing agreement with Global". Radio Today. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  3. ^ Martin, Roy (14 November 2019). "Ofcom approves format changes for Quidem stations". Radio Today. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  4. ^ Martin, Roy (27 November 2019). "Global confirms Capital FM to replace Quidem stations". Radio Today. Retrieved 13 May 2020.

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