Breakfast & Drive changes for Heart London
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Breakfast & Drive changes for Heart London

London’s Heart peak-time schedule is changing with the departures of breakfast co-host Harriet Scott and drive-time presenter Neil Bentley.

Harriet has decided to step down from the show after seven years on-air with Jamie Theakston, whilst Neil will depart drive after four years to concentrate on his own company.

The news comes just weeks after Simon Dale was replaced with Roberto on the Heart networked evening show, where we predicted further changes were coming.

Harriet announced her news on-air this morning. She said: “Waking up London has been one of the best jobs in the world and it has been a privilege to do it alongside Jamie. He has been a brilliant co-host and I will really miss seeing him every day.”

Harriet joined Heart 106.2 in 2002 and it was in February 2005 that she first teamed up with Jamie Theakston to co-present Heart Breakfast. Since then, they have won a Sony Radio Silver Award for Best Entertainment Show and Radio Presenters of the Year at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.

Harriet’s final Heart Breakfast will be on Friday 30th November. A new co-host for Jamie will be announced in due course, while in the meantime, Margherita Taylor will be co-presenting the show with him for the remainder of the year.

Neil will leave the station at the end of the year. He started in radio at Power FM in Southampton 20 years ago, and has since presented on Horizon Radio, Northants Radio, B97, TFM, Galaxy 105 and 95.8 Capital FM.

Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “Ten years hosting one of London’s biggest breakfast shows is a massive achievement and we’d like to thank Harriet for all her hard work, loyalty and sense of fun. We will miss her enormously at Heart, but we wish her every happiness with her family – not to mention a well earned lie-in!”

Global said: “We would like to thank Neil for his passion and hard work during his time with us and we wish him every success in 2013.”

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  1. Dave Wiggy Wiggins

    I Do Feel Wright Now That This Heart Big Star D.j.And Presenter
    Jamie Theakston Should Take Over The Heart Network Mid

    Morning Show In Weekdays From After The Ten Am News Till One Pm From This D.j. Toby Anstis And Move Toby Anstis Off The Mid Morning Show On Heart To The London Heart Breakfast Show And Get Jamie Theakston On The Heart Mid Morning Show In Weekdays Wright Now That Would Be So Much Better Now

  2. James Martin

    Interesting observation, confirmed by SmartProgrammer on DS that drive doesn’t HAVE to be the local window. They could techincally make that up by VTing overnights locally (a la GWR early breakfasts?) – networked drive on the way?


    I’ve heard that Steve McKenna is being considered…. don’t quote me on this.

    @James Martin – i heard off a football forum that Heart 106.2 may have Jamie Theakston and Dan Mills doing breakfast as “Jamie & Dan in the morning”, but this is only speculation.


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