Radio Nova: Appendix V

This is a list of the various companies that were operated by or were related to Chris Cary, particularly during the Radio Nova (Dublin) years.


ABC MUSIC RADIO

UK registered on March 5th 1981 to the address 11 High Street, Barnet, Herts.
It represented Nova outside Ireland

GRATTONOAK

Set up on January 20th 1986 with Tony McKenzie and Sybil Fennell as Directors. On March 26th 1986 the company changed its constitution from ‘Broadcasting School’ to ‘Other’.
The directors had bought some of Radio Nova’s equipment in order to set up a broadcast school in 144 Upper Leeson St. However, on the day Radio Nova closed it was put into action to launch Zoom, and ultimately Energy 103.
The receiver for Nova Media Services sought an injunction against Energy 103 using the Nova name in December 1987. This was thrown out in 1988, ironically after Energy had closed, as Nova Media Services had no rights to the name.

NOVA MEDIA SERVICES

Irish registered on November 26th 1981 following an earlier attempt to register Radio Nova itself, which failed because it operated illegally.
NMS was the parent company of Radio Nova and, later, Kiss FM.
Chris Cary was the major shareholder. The other shareholder was Eugene/Zena Brady (26 per cent) in return for Greenacres, later known as Nova Park.
Pearse Farrell became court-appointed receiver/manager on March 19th. There was £100,000 in the company’s bank account, mainly from prepaid agency advertisements.
Nova Media Services was never wound up, it is still an active company (albeit in receivership). An annual return has been submitted for the company by the receiver with a charge of £2,500 every year since 1986.

REDBAR LTD

Irish registered by Cary but he was not a director. It leased the nightclub section of Nova Park

STRATFORD LEASING

Registered in the UK on June 20th 1979 to the same address as ABC Music Radio. Cary founded it and was the major shareholder. Other directors also worked for Compship and the phone number was the same as Compshop.
It leased all of Nova’s equipment to the station, Nova itself owned nothing. Zena Brady claimed that Cary had been inflating the prices that Nova Media Services had been paying Stratford Leasing for the lease of Radio Nova’s equipment; this formed the crux of the case that killed Nova in the end.
Stratford Leasing owned all the transmitters, including the Murphys Quarry transmitter and the 10kW AM that ended up at Energy 103. However, when the receiver was appointed his powers were in respect of “property which may or may not be beneficially owned” by Nova Media Services. This is why the receiver was able to seize the FM transmitter.

TEGRAR LTD

Set up on June 19th 1984, it did not name Cary as a director, which was crucial when it was brought in to play as the operator of Magic 103. Tegrar was loaned £50,000 by Nova Media Services to set up Magic.
It also represented Radio Nova in Ireland.
When it closed its total assets were a few chairs and lots of car stickers.

UNIMINSTER LTD

Uniminster Limited was a UK company – an Irish branch was set up on September 27th 1984. Cary was a substantial shareholder.
Uniminster Limited was also the property company for The Compshop, who subleased 19 Herbert Street to Radio Nova and also owned 144 Upper Leeson Street.
It paid £250,000 for Nova Park, which was later transferred to the Irish branch along with a mortgage charge. On May 18th 1989 a mortgage judgment went against Uniminister and the complex returned to the Brady’s ownership.

Information on this page was researched by Kevin Branigan & Tom Colgan

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