Heart drivetime show presenters announced by Global

Global has announced who will present each of the regional Heart drivetime shows when the brand starts a networked breakfast show on June 3rd.

The number of regional afternoon programmes will be halved, with a number of breakfast presenters making the move to drivetime, whilst some current weekend and local drivetime presenters will transfer.

Drivetime shows will air for three hours weekdays from 4pm till 7pm in Scotland, the North East, the North West, South West, Yorkshire, the Midlands, the East, the South, the North West, West, North Wales and South Wales.

JK & Kelly Brook will host the Heart drivetime show in London. Des Clarke will host drivetime across Scotland having moved over from Capital Breakfast in April.

In the Midlands, Ed and Gemma will move from breakfast to drivetime and Ben Atkinson will take on Heart West’s drivetime show. In the South, Rich Clarke will present the drivetime show.

In the North East, Emil Franchi will move from weekends to the new weekday slot of 4pm – 7pm. For the North West, Adam Weighell will join the line-up, having previously presented on Capital Liverpool.

Heart Cambridge drivetime presenter Hannah Clarkson will present a brand-new drivetime show in the region of Heart East, incorporating Cambridgeshire, East Anglia, Essex and the Home Counties.

In Wales, former Breakfast hosts Jagger and Woody (Simon Jagger and Chris Wood) will help host drivetime in South Wales every weekday, whilst Megan Llŷn and Oli Kemp will take on the North.

In Yorkshire, Dixie (David Dixon) and Emma Lenney will present the brand-new drivetime show from 4pm – 7pm every weekday. In Hertfordshire John Darin will continue presenting Heart drivetime, on Heart Hertfordshire.

No regional weekend programmes will be broadcast, with all shows being made in London.

Managing Editor of Heart, James Rea told RadioToday: “Heart’s new drivetime shows will provide a burst of freshness across the UK, going live from Monday June 3rd. This morning’s announcement follows the news of Jamie Theakston & Amanda Holden hosting a brand-new nationwide Heart Breakfast show which launches on the same day.

“I feel incredibly proud to be able to unveil a full Heart line up so that every part of the UK can continue to turn up the feel good!”

RadioToday’s Take

It’s so difficult for people to celebrate this news. Those getting the new gigs don’t want to shout about it in the normal way they would when getting such a big show, because so many people are losing their jobs as a result. We estimate the 90 presenters broadcasting on Heart today will become around 20 next month. Plus producers, programmers, and general staff based at buildings being closed will also lose jobs.

The industry is changing – Global is leading the way with the changes so naturally getting all the flack. But this is not the first time Global has led consolidation. They did it almost 10 years ago when 30+ Heart stations became 15. And it won’t be the last time a radio company reacts to the new Ofcom Localness Guidelines.

At one end of the industry people are championing Global for this move and in making itself and the sector stronger against current and future audio competition – yet at the other end, campaigns are being set up to try and reverse the decisions.

Never has the radio industry we are all so passionate about been so divided, at a time when uniting is more important than ever before.

And listeners are going to have their say on social media today as the new programmes are being announced by the stations themselves. We’ve added a few tweets to the end of this article.

From Monday 3rd June, the Heart weekday schedule is as follows:

Monday – Thursday

01:00 – 04:00 Simon Beale
04:00 – 06:30 Jenni Falconer
06:30 – 10:00 Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston & Amanda Holden
10:00 – 13:00 Pandora
13:00 – 16:00 Matt Wilkinson
16:00 – 19:00:

Heart London – JK and Kelly
Heart Scotland – Des Clarke
Heart North East – Emil Franchi
Heart Yorkshire – Dixie and Emma
Heart East – Hannah Clarkson
Heart South – Rich Clarke
Heart South West – Ben Atkinson
Heart North West – Adam Weighell
Heart Midlands – Ed and Gemma
Heart North Wales – Megan Llŷn and Oli Kemp
Heart South Wales – Jagger and Woody
Heart Hertfordshire – John Darin

19:00 – 22:00 Sian Welby
22:00 – 01:00 Fia Tarrant

Friday

01:00 – 04:00 Simon Beale
04:00 – 06:30 Jenni Falconer
06:30 – 10:00 Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston & Amanda Holden
10:00 – 13:00 Pandora
13:00 – 16:00 Matt Wilkinson
16:00 – 19:00:

Heart London – JK and Kelly
Heart Scotland – Des Clarke
Heart North East – Emil Franchi
Heart Yorkshire – Dixie and Emma
Heart East – Hannah Clarkson
Heart South – Rich Clarke
Heart South West – Ben Atkinson
Heart North West – Adam Weighell
Heart Midlands – Ed and Gemma
Heart North Wales – Megan Llŷn and Oli Kemp
Heart South Wales – Jagger and Woody

19:00 – 22:00 Heart’s Club Classics with Toby Anstis
22:00 – 01:00 Lilah Parsons

Saturday

01:00 – 06:00 James Stewart
06:00 – 10:00 JK and Kelly Brook
10:00 – 13:00 Rochelle Humes
13:00 – 16:00 Kevin Hughes
16:00 – 19:00 Rich Clarke
19:00 – 22:00 Heart’s Club Classics with Pandora Christie
22:00 – 01:00 Lilah Parsons

Sunday

01:00 – 06:00 James Stewart
06:00 – 09:00 Jenni Falconer
09:00 – 12:00 Sian Welby
12:00 – 16:00 Matt Wilkinson
16:00 – 19:00 The Official Big Top 40
19:00 – 22:00 Emma Bunton
22:00 – 01:00 Ellie Taylor & Anna Whitehouse

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29 Comments
  1. Ted says

    Yawn

    1. UK Reporter says

      Tired, Ted?

  2. Joe says

    What will happen to Heart Morning News at 6am weekday and Heart Nightly News at 6:45pm weekdays? Will they be cancelled? If so, then I’m outta Heart for good.

    1. Ted says

      If you’re really going to Heart for news then I suggest you have a good word with yourself 😆

      1. Joe Smith says

        You could remove “for news” from that post and be even more correct.

  3. Peter says

    Living outside London I hope Amazons Alexa will go to the JK and Kelly Brook show between 4 and 7.Best of luck to Heart it’s a great national line up.

    1. Radio Rental says

      Alexa uses Global Player which regionalises to your nearest Heart station. If you ask “Alexa, play Heart London” that’ll work so you can listen to JK and Kelly on drive.

  4. Jeff C says

    What will happen to Jason Harrold on Weekends on Heart South Wales? He presents 6-10am Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday.

  5. Scott says

    RIP Bob fm Hertfordshire and Hello Heart Hertfordshire to the Northern part of Hertfordshire on 106.7/106.9 serving Ware Hertford Hatfield Welwyn Gardens City Knebworth Stevenage Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City. I’ll will listen to the new drive time show with John Dann providing they improve reception on the Fm Dail so I can hear the station in Baldock.

    1. Spencer Payne says

      Get a dab radio you tight git

      1. Scott says

        Spencer Payne, I do have DAB Radio set at Home, But unfortunately Bob fm Hertfordshire doesn’t Broadcast on DAB since they turned off their DAB Signal and went back to Fm only last year and also I know Heart Hertfordshire isn’t on DAB in Watford, So listening to these local station online without a WiFi connection on the go cost money. So if I’m being a tight git it mean I’m trying to save money rather than spending as if money going out of fashion. 😂

  6. Peter says

    Thank you for your advice above Radio Rental on how to listen to Heart London on Alexa

  7. Stuart says

    No drivetime in Hertfordshire on Fridays?

  8. Radio Producer says

    For OFCOM Localness Guidelines….
    Read
    Nationalness Guidelines

    The Big operators snap their fingers and OFCOM rolls over….

    1. T1 says

      Unzip your anorak and step out of 1992

    2. John says

      Very true

  9. Adrian says

    Another reason they might not want to shout about their new drive shows is that they know full well it’s probably only a temporary thing till the owners are allowed to Network the whole thing

  10. Pat says

    Seriously does anybody really care who is on in the late afternoon?-if I was regulator it would be a case of if you won’t provide a local programme at the most important listening time of the day-breakfast you lose your licence and we’ll advertise it so someone else gets the chance-don’t tell me there isn’t enough advertising-we we’re told recently that it’s buoyant.It’s also absurd that they are not made to keep at least one show at the weekend local.

  11. Joe Smith says

    “Heart drivetime show presenters announced by Global” ……

    and they will all be playing exactly the same music and sound exactly like each other.

  12. Lee says

    Another boring story about the grab and slash company that is Global.

  13. Radio Geordie says

    Only a matter of time before the local Drivetime presenters get shafted as well.

    1. Benedict says

      By the end of the year OFCOM will be “consulting” over whether the 12 regions should be reduced and then giving Global what they want

      1. mb23 says

        They cannot do this without new legislation.

    2. Julie Thompson says

      Heart Essex …Martin n Sue n Alex …I’m gonna miss u ..I laugh so much on way to work …can’t imagine Amanda Holden and Jamie theakston will do the same …pair of boring souls ..New heart not for me I’m off to find another

  14. Lord Reith says

    RIP local radio

  15. Kish says

    What happens to Lucy Horobin currently doing breakfast with Jamie?

    1. mb23 says

      It’s been rumoured that she is joining the new Heart Dance station with Toby Anstis.

      1. Callum Reddy says

        Where is there any source to this statement?

  16. Michael Dyer says

    Will they be playing any different records because hearing the same songs everyday for the last 2 years is very annoying .

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