Hits Radio Network stations to drop local weekend programmes

A dozen FM radio stations in the Hits Radio Network are losing all their local weekend programmes from July.

Radio City in Liverpool has escaped the move, and will get to keep its local shows on a Saturday and Sunday.

The radio stations already share 20 hours a day of programmes, so the move means one extra show will be introduced, airing Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12pm till 4pm.

Alex James will present the show – said to be a ‘music-driven weekend show across England’.

It will air on CFM, Hallam FM, Hits Radio Manchester, Metro Radio, Viking FM, Radio Aire, Rock FM, TFM, Free Radio (Birmingham), Free Radio (Coventry and Warwickshire), Free Radio (Herefordshire and Worcestershire) and Free Radio (Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Shropshire).

In Scotland, Steve Mill will be hosting a new Saturday lunchtime show on Hits Radio Network from Glasgow.

The move has been made possible due to the relaxation in local rules by Ofcom.

Staff at the stations were told about the changes today.

It was only yesterday that RadioToday brought you the exclusive news that Gethin, Gemma and Dave quit their Breakfast Show on Hits Radio after 12 months together. Gethin and Dave are leaving the station whilst Gemma is going on maternity leave.

More changes are also planned for the network, including the axing of local Breakfast and Drive shows in the West Midlands on Free Radio.

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11 Comments
  1. Whitsal86 says

    I’m glad Wave 105 isn’t getting this treatment!

    Their format would work better on the Hits Network stations rather than networking,

    1. DELL says

      Goodbye to local commercial radio soon be very little choice wherever you live think I go back to community radio

    2. David says

      Only a matter of time

    3. Colin Harris says

      It seems that Wave and its presenters are untouchable in Baeurs eyes. Presenters never leave (mind you who would these days) and the format has barely changed since it started.

  2. John says

    Gem radio is safe

    1. mb23 says

      For the moment- there will be further Bauer changes in July.

      1. Martin Kong says

        Same for Radio City.

  3. Jamie says

    Wave 105 are very local despite large coverage area, have great personalities and know when to let the music play at other times. One of my 5 go-to stations when listening.

  4. Steve says

    Name change just round the corner soon everything on fm will be Heart or Hits

  5. Radio Producer says

    What a fiasco this is….
    Sod the listeners!

    1. Peter Tankard. says

      HI from Peter in Sheffield. Sins Bauer took over all the local radio Stations they just all sound the same very boring. I just tune in to radio Caroline on 648AM it is very loud and clear right across Sheffield in the daytime on any transistor radio even on a little pocket radio in the city centre it is very strong and they play some very good music and have got some great D jays and great jingles far better then any of the Bauer radio stations I have head. and it is a reel pleaser to have them back on AM again

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