XFM Scotland (formerly 96.3 Rock Radio Real XS Q96 and 96.3QFM) was a Scottish independent local radio station owned by Global Radio.
It was based at Baillieston to the east of Glasgow and broadcast to Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, West Central Scotland and Central Scotland.
The majority of programming was networked from London, with separate local weekday breakfast, drivetime and weekend breakfast shows produced specifically for Scotland.
The station launched as Rock Radio Scotland's first classic rock station by GMG Radio when they bought the licence previous owned by UTV Radio and branded as Q96, playing pop music of all types.The station shares news and sport coverage with associated stations Real Radio and Smooth Radio but carries emphasis on Renfrewshire issues to fulfill its licensing requirement, such as lead sport stories from St Mirren.On 28 July 2011 it was announced that GMG Radio would be rebranding sister station 106.1 Rock Radio as Real Radio XS for its Manchester audience.Around the same time, the managing director announced his departure from the station and entered talks with GMG Radio on buying out the station along with a group of private investors.Following the sale of GMG Radio to Global Radio, and the resulting sale of several stations to Communicorp to operate mostly under brand licences from Global, more detail about how this would affect Real XS was confirmed.
Whilst Capital Scotland would be among the stations taken over by Communicorp, Real XS in Paisley would be retained by Global, alongside 105.2 Smooth Radio and Real Radio Scotland, with Real relaunched as Heart (with all Real stations) and Real XS taking the Xfm affiliation.This would result in XS retaining local programming at key times, but during networked hours taking these shows from Xfm London, as Xfm Manchester already does, rather than taking programmes from Real XS in Manchester, which is to be sold to Communicorp Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources cited within this article showing they are notable and members of this list or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations.serving Central and Southern Scotland from studios at Ballieston in the east end of Glasgow.Heart Scotland originally broadcast as Scot FM until 2001, when Guardian Media Group bought the station, leading to a relaunch as Real Radio Scotland.Global Radio acquired GMG Radio on 25 June 2012, but operated Real Radio in a "hold separate" situation known as Real and Smooth Ltd, which ended on 1 April 2014.In September 1994, Scot FM began broadcasting a regional 24-hour service to Central Scotland from studios in the Leith district of Edinburgh.