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Capital Scotland

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Capital Scotland
Capital Scotland.png
Broadcast areaCentral Scotland
Branding105–106 Capital FM
SloganScotland's No.1 Hit Music Station
FormatContemporary hit radio
First air date
  • 19 November 1999 as Beat 106
  • 4 January 2006 as XFM Scotland
  • 17 November 2008 as Galaxy
  • 3 January 2011 (2011-01-03) as Capital FM
WebcastGlobal Player Edit this at Wikidata

Capital Scotland (formerly known as Beat 106, XFM Scotland, and later Galaxy Scotland) is a regional radio station owned by Communicorp and operated by Global. It broadcasts to Scotland's Central Belt, an area surrounding the two cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Fife.


Beat 106

Beat 106 was established by the Big Beat Group, headed up by a group of nightclub promoters from Glasgow, and first aired on 19 November 1999 as a new rock and dance station. Notable presenters at launch included Graham Stewart and Jim Gellatly. After being sold to Capital Radio Group in July 2000 it switched towards playing more dance music, later changing back to a more rock/dance format. In 2005 Capital Radio merged with the GWR Group to form GCap Media, creating the UK's largest commercial radio group. Beat 106 closed on 1 January 2006.[citation needed]

XFM Scotland

The rebranding of Beat 106 to XFM was one of a number of measures announced by GCap to improve their corporate performance following the merger. The original XFM station was XFM London and the rebranding in Scotland occurred four months before the expected launch of XFM Manchester.

XFM Scotland programmes were launched by breakfast presenter Dominik Diamond on 4 January 2006 with Loaded by Primal Scream as the first song played on the relaunched station. A major marketing campaign was launched a year later in a bid to try to regain lost listeners since the rebrand.[1] By September 2007, the station was only reaching audience shares of 2.6% in the West and 4.1% in the East.

On 11 February 2008 GCap Media announced that they would be selling the analogue licence for the station.[2] GCap later became part of Global Radio and it was decided to keep the licence.

On 28 August 2008, Jim Gellatly announced that his last show would be broadcast that day and he would be leaving the station together with a number of colleagues.[3] By the time of XFM's rebrand as Galaxy, station audience shares had fallen further to 2.4% in the West and 2.6% in the East.[4]

Galaxy Scotland

On 27 August 2008 new owners Global announced they would re-brand XFM Scotland as Galaxy Scotland.[5] The rebrand was part of Global Radio’s major strategy to expand the brand across outside Scotland and into parts of England. Local programming on the station consisted of daily breakfast, weekday drivetime and specialist shows with networked programming broadcast from Leeds.

Galaxy Scotland joined the Galaxy network on 7 November 2008. XFM closed at approximately 3.30pm that day, followed immediately by a 15-minute launch sequence for Galaxy. Galaxy programming started by 4pm the same afternoon, with Gary Spence as the first voice on the air, followed by a special evening show with networked presenter Dave Kelly.

From its launch, Galaxy Scotland gained 429,000 listeners providing almost 3.2 million listening hours per week. In the 12 months up to May 2010, the station doubled its number of listeners. As of Monday 12 July 2010, Galaxy Scotland changed their tagline from "Love Music" to "Scotland's No 1 Hit Music Station" in line with the other Galaxy stations across the UK.

Capital Scotland

The station was re-branded as Capital Scotland on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-station Capital network.[6] Local breakfast and drivetime output was retained with most networked programming now broadcast from the network's London studios. The station also produced a networked dance music show on Saturday overnights, which was networked across the Capital network until July 2012.[7]

On 1 July 2011, Global requested to change the formats of Capital Birmingham and Capital Scotland which have obligations from previous owners, enabling all nine Capital stations to fall inline.[8] The two format change requests were approved in November.[9]

On 6 February 2014, Global announced it would be selling Capital Scotland to Communicorp. Capital's network programming and brand name remain in use under contract with Global.[10]

On 26 February 2019, Global confirmed the station's local breakfast and weekend shows would be replaced with networked programming from April 2019. The weekday Drivetime show was retained alongside news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising.[11] Four of Capital Scotland's five local presenters left the station with only Drivetime presenter Garry Spence retained.


All networked programming originates from Global's London headquarters, including Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp.

Local programming is produced and broadcast from Global's Glasgow studios from 4-7pm on weekdays,[12]


Global's Newsroom broadcasts hourly regional news updates from 5am-7pm on weekdays and 8am-12pm at weekends with headlines on the half-hour during Capital Breakfast on weekdays.

The bulletins are produced for Communicorp by Global's Glasgow newsroom, which also produces bulletins for Heart Scotland and Smooth Glasgow.[13]

Former notable presenters


  1. ^ "New PR push for Xfm Scotland".
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (11 February 2008). "DAB 'not economically viable'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  3. ^ "My last show for Xfm Scotland". Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  4. ^ "RAJAR".
  5. ^ "XFM Scotland to become Galaxy". Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  6. ^ Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
  7. ^ July 2012 blog Mash
  8. ^ Global requests Capital FM format change Radio Today, 1 July 2011
  9. ^ Ofcom approves Capital format change Radio Today, 17 November 2011
  10. ^ Martin, Roy (6 February 2014). "Communicorp buys 8 Global stations". RadioToday. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  11. ^ Roman Kemp, Vick Hope and Sonny Jay to go national on Capital, RadioToday, 11 March 2019
  12. ^ Capital FM – Scotland public file
  13. ^ Capital FM - Scotland public file

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