New evening show for Heart

Trent FM afternoon presenter Matt Wilkinson is leaving GCap to join Heart 106.2 in London as their new evening show presenter.

The move is part of a number of programming changes at Heart which includes a new late show – Heartbreakers with Simon Beale – showcasing new and classic ballads. Meanwhile, Heart is unveiling a trio of new female presenters to host weekends, the first stage in a wider weekend strategy.

Natalie Pinkham hosts a new “Feelgood Friday” show between 4pm-6pm. Poker whiz and seasoned sports TV presenter, Natalie is sister of Heart 106’s Breakfast show host Sam Pinkham and has hosted a number of sports shows including Five’s David Beckham Soccer USA, Channel 4’s racing show Adrenaline Rush, TT races for Men & Motors and the Masters Tennis Series for Sky Sports.

Abbie Eastwood also joins the Heart weekend line-up for 2008, presenting the 7pm-10pm show on Sundays. The former model, has presented on all of the major TV networks including ITV1 (CD:UK), Five (Pepsi Chart Show), BBC1 (Xchange; The Next Big Thing) and was a regular on MTV.

Natalie B will also join the station as part of the new weekend line-up.

Mark Browning, Programme Director for Heart 106.2 commented: ““I believe passionately that commercial radio should be at the forefront in nurturing new radio talent. This new line-up includes new shows and fresh faces, each with a very different background, which will further strengthen the radio station in 2008.”

The announcements follow the news that Emma B has signed a new long-term contract to continue her Monday-Thursday show and is also moving to the new Sunday afternoon show.

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