Major radio schedule changes revealed for Capital

Capital is introducing a new schedule in January, with Ant Payne moving to Drivetime and Will Manning taking over the chart show.

Current London Drivetime presenter Will Manning replaces Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob on the Official Big Top 40, and moves to the weekday 10am to 1pm slot, in place of Ant Payne.

Roman Kemp continues at breakfast but the rest of the schedule also sees changes. Early breakfast will be hosted by newcomer Lauren Layfield, best known for hosting CBBC’s The Dengineers, whilst Capital rising star Aimee Vivian will present a brand new 1pm – 4pm afternoon show every weekday (as well as her Sunday morning show from 6am – 9am).

From 7pm, Capital launches the all new Capital Evening Show with Jimmy Hill across the network from 7pm – 10pm Monday to Thursday, with Marvin Humes continuning the Capital Late Show.

Will Cozens will host 1am – 4am, Monday – Wednesday, as well Sunday afternoons, 12pm – 4pm, and JJ will host 1am – 4am on Thursdays and Fridays.

JJ is also the face of early Friday and Saturday Nights on Capital, kick-starting the Capital Weekender before Sarah Story and Rio Fredrika go in the mix from 10pm right through until 6am. JJ also presents a new Sunday night show 7pm – 10pm on the network.

Elsewhere on Capital’s weekend line-up, The Bassman takes over Saturday mornings from 6am – 9am as well as hosting Sunday mornings 9am – 12pm, Rob Howard presents 9am – 12pm on Saturdays and Jimmy Hill will host a new Saturday afternoon show between 4pm – 7pm. Niall Gray presents Sunday nights from 10pm – 1am.

Greg Hughes, Deputy Managing Editor for the Capital network told RadioToday about the big changes: “I’m delighted to roll out this really exciting new schedule at Capital across the UK. An all-new, daytime, line up and an exciting new evening show, add to our already market-leading breakfast show.

“I can’t wait to get the fresh sound of Capital on air in January.”

Richard Park, Group Executive Director & Director of Broadcasting at Global, said: “Today we announced a brand-new schedule for Capital, as we look forward to another fantastic year on the UK’s no.1 hit music station. I’m particularly delighted to see some superb new presenter talent shining through as we welcome Lauren Layfield and Rio Fredrika to Capital.

“This is a hugely exciting time for the station as we enter 2019 with a new schedule across the network and indeed in London, where we have the no.1 commercial breakfast show with Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp.”

Ashley Tabor OBE, Founder & Executive President of Global, said: “This new Capital schedule is particularly exciting. It’s fantastic to see fresh new talent moving up the card at Capital, giving the station new, appointment-to-listen shows in each key daypart. I’m also excited to give the Official Big Top 40 Chart, the biggest and most listened chart show, a new feel for 2019.”

From Monday 7th January, the all-new Capital schedule is as follows:

Monday – Wednesday

1am – 4am Will Cozens
4am – 6am Lauren Layfield
6am – 10am Capital Breakfast
10am – 1pm Will Manning
1pm – 4pm Aimee Vivian
4pm – 7pm Capital Drive
7pm – 10pm The Capital Evening Show with Jimmy Hill
10pm – 1am The Capital Late Show with Marvin Humes

Thursday

1am – 4am JJ
4am – 6am Lauren Layfield
6am – 10am Capital Breakfast
10am – 1pm Will Manning
1pm – 4pm Aimee Vivian
4pm – 7pm Capital Drive
7pm – 10pm The Capital Evening Show with Jimmy Hill
10pm – 1am The Capital Late Show with Marvin Humes

Friday

1am – 4am JJ
4am – 6am Lauren Layfield
6am – 10am Capital Breakfast
10am – 1pm Will Manning
1pm – 4pm Aimee Vivian
4pm – 7pm Capital Drive
7pm – 10pm The Capital Weekender with JJ
10pm – 6am The Capital Weekender with Ministry of Sound (Sarah Story & Rio Fredrika)

Saturday

6am – 9am The Bassman
9am – 12pm Rob Howard
12pm – 4pm Capital Afternoons
4pm – 7pm Jimmy Hill
7pm – 10pm The Capital Weekender with JJ
10pm – 6am The Capital Weekender with Ministry of Sound (Sarah Story & Rio Fredrika)

Sunday

6am – 9am Aimee Vivian
9am – 12pm The Bassman
12pm – 4pm Capital Afternoons
4pm – 7pm The Official Big Top 40 (with Will Manning from Jan 6th)
7pm – 10pm JJ
10pm – 1am Niall Gray

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7 Comments
  1. Sound of Home says

    The voices on air all sound the same with the same speed links and 24 hour rotation of what seems like just a handful of ‘hits’. I doubt many of the listeners could name the presenters, they’re just there to sell the competitions and promote (ad nauseum) the Jingle Bell and Summer Balls.

    1. Sound of Home says

      The voices on air all sound the same with the same speed links and 24 hour rotation of what seems like just a handful of ‘hits’. I doubt many of the listeners could name the presenters, they’re just there to sell the competitions and promote (ad nauseum) the Jingle Bell and Summer Balls.

    2. sj says

      I think you’re right. With the exception of breakfast, do Capital listeners care or even notice who’s presenting? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a music format that clearly works, but calling them “appointment-to-listen” shows is a bit of a stretch!

      1. Mr Boltar says

        I don’t think Capital has been anyones appointment to listen probably since Chris Tarrant left. Its just audio wallpaper put on in the background of garages or barbers shops.

  2. Michael V says

    Well…. I thought they would be making either the drive time show or breakfast show national, with these new relaxed rules!

  3. Jamie says

    All of these “group” stations sound the same, some numpty DJ playing the same old junk selected by committee to appeal to the braindead. Had the misfortune to listen to Heart the other day, terrible!

  4. Neal says

    Problem with these stations is that to quote a highly appropriate line from a Dirty Harry movie the peole that control them are “legends in their own minds” its all about their ego and stuffing money in their back pockets. With more cars having their own wifi networks on board internet radio will kill off these stations run by people who think they are untouchable Gods in much the same way as pirate radio did to the BBC all those years ago. Equally the BBC will find history repeating itself for them too as they either continue to copy their commercial rivals-club classic style disco on a Saturday night instead of different output we are paying for or sacking/destroying every decent DJ they have in the name of being PC and bloody sodding compliant. Swear to God that this never ending PC brigade will bury this whole planet unless they are brought to heel. Alas think that horse has long since bolted the stable door!!!

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