Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd (TCH) is part of a consortium which has applied for a radio licence to broadcast to people in the 45+ age group.
The company, owners of Evening Echo, Irish Examiner, the Sunday Business Post, breakingnews.ie, 15 other titles in this country and the UK, and with extensive radio holdings including RedFM and WLR, plans to beam the new station to Cork, Limerick, Galway, Clare and Dublin.
Its application will be heard by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) in Dublin on Monday, December 17.
The other partners in the 4FM consortium include Fox Radio Ltd., which consists of shareholders Martin Block, Howard Block and Al Dunne.
Martin Block was an executive director of Capital Radio Productions now FM104, the first radio station to be licensed by the then Independent Radio and Television Commission (IRTC) in 1989.
He was also the CEO of Dublin’s Lite FM which launched in 2000 and targeted the 35+ audience in Dublin.
Al Dunne spent a total of nine years with Atlantic 252, three of which were as programme director. He was also a shareholder, director and programme manager of Lite FM.
He has worked with RTÉ and has done consultancy work for radio stations in the UK and this country. Howard Block was finance director of Lite FM.
Other members of the consortium include The Irish Times, Vienna Investments Ltd, Bay Broadcasting Ltd and consortium chairperson Dr Mary Redmond.
The applicants say this age group is the fastest growing population sector in the country but is the least well served by independent radio.