21 June – Global Radio announces plans to reduce the number of its local Heart stations from 33 to 15 so-called "super stations" in a reorganisation that will lead to the loss of up to 200 full-time and freelance posts. The stations will have their own breakfast and drivetime shows, and local news bulletins, but all other output will come from London. A further two stations owned by Global will also be subsumed into the Heart network.
13 September – Global announce plans to scrap the Galaxy Network in order to create a nationwide Capital FM. The plans will also include the closure of four further stations, with the new network going live in early 2011.
25 June – GMG Radio is sold to Global Radio for an undisclosed amount, thought to be around £50m. However, no structural changes will be made to either organisations until the deal has been investigated by Ofcom. Several rival radio groups express their concerns over the takeover and the effect it could have on commercial radio in the UK.
3 July – Global Radio announce plans to branch into television with the launch of two non-stop music channels; Heart TV and Capital TV, which will go on air from September.
11 October – The Office of Fair Trading agrees to fast-track the investigation into Global Radio's purchase of GMG Radio after Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller says the deal will not be investigated for media plurality. The matter is also forwarded onto the Competition Commission, which oversees business mergers and takeovers. The Competition Commission later announces 27 March 2013 as the date on which it will publish its findings into the takeover.
21 May – The Competition Commission publishes its final report into Global's acquisition of GMG Radio, requiring Global to sell radio stations in seven locations.[a]
1 October – Smooth Radio is moved to Global Radio's Leicester Square headquarters in London and given a makeover.
3 October – Global Radio announces that Smooth 70s will close less than a week after Smooth programming moved to its London headquarters.
7 October – Choice FM is rebranded as Capital Xtra and launches nationally on DAB radio.
31 December – A financial report released by Global Radio shows the company paid £69m for the purchase of GMG Radio.
20 January – Global Radio is found to be in breach of their license remit for Heart Cornwall after a listener complained to OfCom that there was not enough local news and speech to make it a fully local station.
6 February – Global Radio sells eight of its regional stations to Irish media holdings firm Communicorp.
14 March – Global Radio announces that Gold will become a non-stop music service, with the exception of the breakfast show and Saturday's Vinyl Heaven. Presenters Paul Coyte, Eamonn Kelly, Dean Martin and Andy Peebles are also dropped from the network.
24 March –
Smooth Radio returns to airing local output on its regional frequencies, with local programming for Breakfast and Drivetime, and a raft of new presenters joining the network.
Smooth Radio replaces Gold on MW across southern England.
6 May – Heart North Wales launches. Consequently, the two local Heart north Wales stations become part of the Capital network.
September – Global launches its Make Some Noise charity.
9 October – Global's first Make Some Noise Day raises over £1million for good causes.
7 September – Global announces that XFM will be relaunched as a national station called Radio X on 21 September.
13 September – Ahead of the relaunch of XFM as Radio X, Global hands back the Paisley licence, on which it had broadcast XFM Scotland, to Ofcom when the regulator refused Global's request to network 24/7 from London.
January – Global Radio announces that it has brought Brighton station Juice 107.2 for an undisclosed sum. and in August it revealed that it would relaunch the station as Capital Brighton on Monday 3 September.
11 October – After six years on air, Global closes its two music television channels Heart TV and Capital TV.
26 February – Following further deregulation allowing less locality, Global Radio announces plans to replace the regional breakfast shows on Capital, Heart and Smooth with a single national breakfast show for each network. Global also announces that it will take full advantage of the deregulation regarding the one non-national programme – a single three hour weekday programme – which allows local programmes to be replaced with regional programmes networked across all the stations in that region.
8 April – Capital London's breakfast show launches as a national programme, resulting in the scrapping of all other local breakfast shows apart from on Capital Cymru. The only 'local' programme is at drivetime and the new regulations mean that Global is able to replace local shows with 10 regional programmes which are networked across all stations in that region.
3 June – Global launches a national 'Heart UK' breakfast show (broadcast from London), presented by Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden. As with Capital, the only non networked programme is at drivetime with 23 local shows replaced by 10 regional programmes which are networked across all stations in that region.
10 June – Gold UK starts broadcasting nationally when it launches on Digital One.
1 September – Global closes rock station Arrow. It had been on air since 2001.
2 September –
Global closes Chill after nearly 15 years on air. It is replaced the following day by Smooth Chill.
Smooth's networked Drivetime show, presented by Angie Greaves, launches. At the same time, the number of breakfast shows drops to seven.
28 October – Global relaunches LBC London News as a national 24-hour rolling news channel titled LBC News.
14 November – Ofcom gives its approval to change the format of six Quidem-owned stations – Banbury Sound, Rugby FM and the four Touch FM stations – to rhythmic-based, music-led services for listeners aged 15–29. The decision comes after Quidem entered into a deal with Global Radio to rebrand Quidem stations with one of Global's networks.