Clear Channel UK is one of the world’s leading Out of Home media owners with more than 40,000 sites nationwide. You’ll find Clear Channel advertising from Inverness in Scotland to Truro in Cornwall and in every major urban area in between.

Who we are

From classic Adshel bus stops to premium digital, we help brands meet people throughout the UK. Our talented and dedicated team of more than 650 people work in 14 locations nationwide to create and post stunning advertising, as well as cleaning and maintaining street furniture, making the urban environment better for local communities.

We have long-term partnerships with advertisers, agencies, landlords and local authorities, helping advertisers reach people in public spaces on our classic and digital platforms across the country.

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What we do

We work closely with advertisers to create beautiful, effective Out of Home advertising.

We continually invest in the highest quality sites, newest technologies and latest planning tools to connect brands with people at the right time, in the right place.

Our nationwide portfolio offers advertisers three key benefits: Reach, Activation and Fame.

Classic Adshel, our iconic traditional 6-sheet, delivers impressive Reach across the country. Our digital estate, which includes Adshel Live, Sainsbury’s live, Asda Live and Malls Live, delivers campaign Activation through flexibility, immediacy and context. Storm, our super premium brand, and Wrap, our digital billboard network, build brand Fame with impressive architectural design and state-of-the-art digital screens.

Our scale means we deliver campaigns that reach people throughout the UK. It also means we have the ability to reach local communities or groups of people with pinpoint precision.

Our heritage

The Clear Channel UK company can trace its billboard history back to More O’Ferrall in 1936 and the world famous street-furniture brand Adshel which was launched in 1967. In 1998, Clear Channel Communications bought the company (then called More Group), renaming it Clear Channel UK in 2002.

Since then, Clear Channel UK has made numerous market-defining launches, including:

  • 1936: More O’Ferrall is formed.
  • 1967: The Adshel brand is launched.
  • 1996: More O’Ferrall is rebranded as More Group.
  • 1998: Clear Channel Communications acquires More Group and Town & City Billboards and is awarded the Sainsbury’s Outdoor Media Estate contract.
  • 2001: The company acquires Foxmark, making it the major player in the shopping mall market.
  • 2002: The company is renamed as Clear Channel UK.
  • 2006: Clear Channel UK buys Van Wagner in the UK and launches the Pinnacle brand, making it the market leader in premium format advertising.
  • 2008: The digital roadside network is formed and the Interact mobile services division is launched. Bain Capital Partners LLC and Thomas H Lee Partners LP acquire the company.
  • 2009: The digital malls network, national dry-posted billboards and WAVe ‘proof-of-posting’ technology are launched. William Eccleshare is appointed President and CEO of Clear Channel International. Clear Channel retain Sainsbury’s advertising contract.
  • 2010: The ‘Cromination’ (six consecutive panels on the Cromwell Road) becomes available for the first time in 10 years. Matthew Dearden is appointed CEO of Clear Channel UK.
  • 2011: The Socialite network of digital screens in bar environments is launched. The UK’s first roadside network of digital bus shelter panels is launched in London (LD6) and Clear Channel creates the Play division, bringing all digital opportunities under one brand. Clear Channel partners with Curb to develop sustainable solutions for clients and is named as a Sunday Times ‘Best Green Company’ for the first time.
  • 2012: The first campaigns are run on interactive digital screens through our Create division. Clear Channel acquires Vision Media Group, making it a leader in the digital mall environment, and is made a Silver Patron of the Prince’s Trust.
  • 2013: Clear Channel rolls out the Mobile Platform, a network of  10,000 mobile tags at city centre roadside panels, and launches Storm, a new super-premium brand for large format digital advertising.
  • 2014: Storm wins 9 Cannes Lions for BA’S ‘Magic of Flying’ campaign. The Mobile Platform is rebranded as Connect and launched worldwide, with an additional 10,000 sites. Clear Channel installs the world’s first Twitter-activated vending machine for Walkers and trials its first solar powered 6-sheet bus shelter. Clear Channel launches the playLondon proposition: a purpose-built network of 40 large format digital screens, the expansion of Storm to 20 sites and LD6 is rebranded as Adshel Live to reflect the heritage of the brand.
  • 2015: Clear Channel wins Glasgow Street Furniture contract, First contactless donation campaign with Cancer Research UK, ‘Tap to Beat Cancer’, Clear Channel and Amscreen announce digital screen partnership, Justin Cochrane is appointed CEO of Clear Channel UK, Storm begins nationwide expansion andtransforms the ‘Cromination’ into Storm, Cromination London, one of the longest digital Out of Home sites in Europe.
  • 2016: Adshel Live is rolled out nationwide, Clear Channel acquires New World Payphones business, and reveals plans to transform UK high streets with state-of-the-art digital kiosks, Clear Channel retains Sainsbury’s advertising contract and wins Asda, advertising contract.

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Sustainability

We acknowledge our responsibility for environmental protection and we aim to contribute to the national commitment to sustainable development.

We are proud of the many ways we reduce our impact on the environment, winning a number of awards for our work. This includes being named one of the UK’s Top 50 Green Companies by The Sunday Times for four consecutive years, until the cessation of the awards. We have also won awards for our Fleet Management and have been shortlisted for the Green Business Awards three years running.

We have implemented an Environmental Sustainability Policy and set ambitious targets every year. All Clear Channel’s offices and depots are ISO14001 accredited and 99.8% of our waste is sent away from landfill.

Our Environmental Sustainability Policy focuses on:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Product development
  • Recycling
  • Purchasing
  • Fleet management

Corporate responsibility

Clear Channel has strong links with the communities in which we operate. We work hard to improve the infrastructure of local communities, develop partnerships with charities and sponsor local causes. We support dozens of charities every year.

Our partner charities are:

  • The Prince’s Trust – we have worked with the Trust for over ten years and are proud to be a Silver Patron.
  • Trees for Cities – are partnering with New World Payphones to create a lasting environmental legacy.

We also donate free advertising to Missing People, a charity set up to help locate the 250,000 people that run away and go missing every year. Our relationship with the charity is coordinated through Outsmart, the trade body for Out of Home media owners.

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Meet the team

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Justin Cochrane

Chief Executive Officer

I ensure our people, business and partners achieve their full potential by setting our vision and strategy and leading the team.

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Byron Hoo

Chief Financial Officer

I am responsible for the Finance, Procurement and Legal teams and we improve Clear Channel’s profitability.

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Will Ramage

Business Development Director

My department generates new revenues on new and existing products and runs our retail estate.

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Stephen Loncar

Chief Strategy Officer

I plan for the future and keep Clear Channel changing for the better.

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Chris Pelekanou

Commercial Director

I lead our Sales, Marketing and Creative Services teams, making sure our customers reach audiences in smart and interesting ways.

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Aimee McKay

Client Partnership Director

I work in partnership with our clients, to ensure that Clear Channel campaigns deliver the best possible outcomes.

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Richard Bon

Sales Director

I lead the National Sales team to be the best we can be and achieve our revenue targets.

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Lee Mead

Direct Sales Director

I lead the transformational change of the Direct Sales team.

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Martin Corke

Marketing Director

I am responsible for driving all Marketing strategy across Clear Channel’s product portfolio.

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David Shepherd

Trading Director

I lead our day to day trading team across London and Manchester working closely with the investment teams at our specialist customers.

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Victor Porter

Technology Director

I am responsible for all the technology that makes Clear Channel the best digital Out of Home media owner.

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Kate Douglas

HR Director

I work with the whole business to create a great place to work for our people to perform and grow.

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Mark Webb

Operations Director

I am responsible for posting, maintenance and installation across all formats.

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Mark Smith

Agency Director

I lead our Agency Sales team and ensure we deliver engaging solutions to clients in collaboration with our media agency partners.

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Louise Stubbings

Creative Director

I am responsible for driving innovation and creativity throughout the business and bringing ideas to life across our portfolio.

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George Manns

Deputy Development Director

I am responsible for our large and small format roadside advertising estate in line with customer demand.

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Cadi Jones

Commercial Innovation Director

I lead Commercial Innovation across the business – focusing on programmatic transformation.