Lancashire’s 2BR to join Capital’s new national radio network

Former UKRD radio station 2BR will join the Capital network from April 8th and move all output to Manchester and London.

2BR, currently based near Accrington, is made up of three licences, previously broadcasting as Central Radio (Preston), The Bee (Blackburn) and 2BR (Burnley).

The station was bought by Global in July 2018 but has been operating independently until now.

Global has just announced plans to network a breakfast show across the Capital network, but a three-hour drive show will be shared with Capital Manchester. The studio base at Clayton-le-Moors will close, with local news, adverts and travel information being provided from outside of Lancashire. All staff at the station have been informed of the plans this morning.

2BR launched in Burnley & Pendle on 99.8FM whilst The Bee launched five years later covering Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley on 107FM. Central Radio launched in 2008 on 106.5 and 96.3 and became The Bee in 2011 then 2BR in 2016.

See our main story today about Capital, Heart and Smooth networking its breakfast show and other major changes from Global, here.

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  1. Radio Geordie says

    Well who didn’t see that coming?
    I’m surprised that Liverpool wasn’t closed as well as it also falls under Ofcom’s North West approved area.

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