Northern Ireland

Belfast radio station CityBeat bought by Q Radio Network

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Image caption Q Radio operates a network of six regional stations across Northern Ireland

Belfast radio station CityBeat has been sold to the Q Radio Network, which operates a network of six regional stations across Northern Ireland.

The station had been owned by CN Media Group, which is based in Carlisle.

The deal gives Q Radio, which is based in Ballymena, a presence in the Belfast market for the first time.

The firm's executive chairman Dominic Fitzpatrick said it was "a significant step" for the group.

Q Radio currently has stations in Ballymena, Coleraine, Londonderry, Mid Ulster, Newry and Omagh/ Enniskillen.

It is not yet clear if CityBeat will be rebranded as part of the Q network.

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