Fleur East, Greg Burns and James Barr for Hits Radio Breakfast

TV personality and singer Fleur East, former Capital and Heart presenter Greg Burns, and heat DJ James Barr are the new hosts of the Hits Radio breakfast show.

Fleur, Greg and James will start the programme from Manchester, for Manchester (and DAB elsewhere), on July 12th – replacing Gethin, Gemma and Dave.

Paul Gerrard, Programme Director Hits Radio said: “Fleur has a perfect radio personality with an infectious energy and naturally chatty style that we know our listeners will love.

“Her natural talent for radio shone through the minute she stepped into the studio and it’s with this and her brilliant co-hosts Greg and James that we’ve been able to build a really exciting new breakfast show. At once relevant, engaging and uplifting, the show will connect perfectly for our listeners who lead busy and chaotic lives.”

Fleur East was a finalist on The X Factor in 2014 and was a contestant on last year’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Greg Burns is a comedian and presenter who has held long-running Drivetime shows on both Heart and Capital, as well as a show on Virgin Radio. After returning from Australia where he hosted a national morning show for the last two years, he returned to the UK for a weekend show on Hits Radio a couple of months ago.

James Barr is an MTV presenter and comedian who co-hosts LGBTQ+ podcast A Gay & A NonGay, and is taking his first solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

Fleur said: “We’re buzzing with excitement to launch this new show and be a morning companion for so many people around the UK. There will be early starts, but Breakfast Radio has the power to brighten up any morning, and we’re all about bringing that fun and positive energy.”

RadioToday’s take

This is the long-awaited replacement for Gethin, Gemma and Dave which came to an end just 12 months after it started.

At first glance, it looks too many strong personalities all crammed into one small show for a single market.

And for Bauer to hire three highly experienced entertainers of this calibre for its most important radio show in Manchester is an interesting move. None of them have heritage in the city, or an obvious connection to it, so this re-opens the question about the possibility of Bauer networking the show to other areas and other stations.

Oh, and we’re wondering how they came up with the order of the presenters in the title of the show. Having “Greg & James” in the title of any breakfast radio show, in that order, is bound to help in the RAJAR department.

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  1. RathergoodDAB says

    Did someone say consolidation?

  2. Billy says

    Breakfast Radio has the power to brighten up any morning, and we’re all about bringing that fun and positive energy.”……. It’s says here.

  3. Graham says

    Is it me, what is it with these fourth rate TV presenters getting jobs on radio. And what about the costs involved having three presenters?.

    1. Andy S says

      James Barr has been a great radio presenter for a long time…he was at Capital before joining Bauer in 2014.

  4. t1 says

    Mike Toolan recorded 14 years on breakfast, his replacements lasted less than a year. Tells you everything about Bauer at the moment. Forcing people and programs to fit together and wanting instant success.

    1. Radio Geordie says

      Shades of Radio 2?

  5. Andy Halligan says

    Well that’s me switching off the Breakfast Show on Hits radio then. Why have Fleur East on it…should have got Joel & Lorna from Heart

    1. Capital says

      You’ll be sadly missed Mr Halligan!

    2. mb23 says

      You’re assuming that Joel & Lorna are available, just because they are not currently on the air. That may not be the case.


    Bauer say the new show is “informed by audience insight” and will be aimed at “family-focused” 25- to 44-year-olds..
    So who is this competing with Heart? Capital? Smooth? XS? Fix? nobody? anybody? What are they trying to do with the Hits brand?
    I’ve bored myself writing about Bauer having a lack of clear, consistant, well delivered strategy but you have to wonder? If this is to form the core of the national Hits offering WHAT IS this brand.

    1. SJ says

      For your own mental health, please stop trying to make sense of anything Bauer does. It’s an impossible task.

  7. John James says

    Baker state that the show will appeal to 25 -44 year olds. How many people in their 40’s are interested in hit music and the chart shows ?

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