Classic Hits FM

Ireland's Classic Hits Radio is an independent multi-region radio station based in Dublin, and broadcasting to Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway. It can also be picked up in parts of Clare, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath. Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Mayo.

The station initially launched in 2009 as 4FM, so called because it targeted Ireland's four most populated cities (Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway). The station eventually changed its name to Classic Hits 4FM in 2018, before simply becoming Classic Hits Radio in 2021.

The station is targeted at the 45+ demographic, predominantly playing music from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, with small amounts of classic country. The station also hosts a number of phone-in talk shows.

The station is operated by Choice Broadcasting Limited. Bay Broadcasting Ltd is the largest shareholder in Choice with a 44.5% holding. The Irish Times Designated Activity Company holda a further 32.25%, Vienna Investments Limted owns 22.25% and Mary Redmond owns 1%.

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Classic Hits / 4FM Radio is owned and operated by Choice Broadcasting Limited. Choice Broadcasting Limited is owned Bay Broadcasting Ltd (44.5%), the Irish Times Designated Activity Company (32.25% - 10% is directly owned by the Irish Times DAC and 22.25% via the subsidiary Thomas Crosbie Holdings Limited), Vienna Investments Limited (22.25%) and Mary Redmond (1%).
The largest shareholder, Bay Broadcasting Limited, is ultimately owned by Kevin Brannigan (50%) and Mike Ormonde (Step Investments Limited) (50%).

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Kevin Brannigan

Is a 50% owner of Bay Broadcasting Ltd, and the Chief Executive Officer at Radio Nova & Ireland's Classic Hits. He also has a 16.4% stake in Sunshine 106.8.
He graduated from Dublin City University in 1993 with a BA in Communications and Media Studies.
He has been a director at Biz Expo since 2018 and a Managing Director at Careers Unlimited since 2000.
He is a also a director at Independent Radio Sales Limited, Seats Are Limited, Classic Rock Broadcasting Limited, Choice Broadcasting Limited, Jazbury Limited, Sheldon Investments Limited, Star Broadcasting Limited, Feel Good Promotions Limited, and Wernham Hogg Limited, a company that shares its name with the fictional paper company from BBC’s The Office, but appears to be unrelated.
He has also previously worked as a producer at Tommy Ellis Studios, East Coast FM and Reel Good Studios, and was a Production Manager at FM104.


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Ireland's Classic Hits Radio,

Castleforbes House

Castleforbes Road

Dublin 1

D01 A8N0


Telephone: +353 (01) 865 2130


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