More daytime schedule changes at Hits Radio

Sarah-Jane Crawford is moving from the evening show to afternoons on Hits Radio, replacing Debbie Mac.

As a result, Jordan Lee, currently covering the evening show, will replace Sarah-Jane from 7pm weekdays.

Sarah-Jane will also continue on The UK Chart Show every Sunday 4-7pm.

All programmes will be broadcast on Hits Radio Manchester and across the Hits Radio network of stations.

The changes come as Debbie Mac leaves the station today, just weeks after Gethin Jones departed the breakfast show.

Details of a new breakfast show have not yet been announced but are expected shortly.

Gary Stein, Group Programme Director, Hits Radio Network said: “One year on from launch, we remain focused on the Hits Radio Network growing to become the UK’s leading radio network and station, and the destination for music lovers who seek the biggest hits along with the biggest throwbacks.

“Both on her show and as a host of our Hits Radio Live events, Sarah-Jane Crawford has proven herself as engaging and passionate, and we’re pleased to appoint Jordan Lee whose enthusiasm for our music offering radiates through everything he does.”

Jordan Lee said: “Like me, the Hits Radio audience love to be kept up to date with what’s new and fresh. With the top 5 trending tracks played each evening along with the latest from some of music’s biggest artists, the show is an amazing way for our listeners to keep their finger on the pulse whilst also whizzing up something in the kitchen, working out, or enjoying a catch-up with pals. I can’t wait to provide their evening soundtrack!”

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  1. T1 says

    They need a station name. “Hits Radio” is a description not a name. Currently it’s “brandless”. Its like renaming Tesco as “a supermarket”. Changing presenters will not change the listening figures enough.

    1. Nata says

      I actually think Hits Radio is a very good name. A hit doesn’t have to be just whats in the charts but can be hits from past times such as the throwbacks they play. Works well

      1. t1 says

        Is certainly not a good name with the voiced ID’s . Some of the jingles sound like “Kiss” not “hits”. This is so bad for a brand recognition.

  2. sj says

    Seriously… Bauer keep tinkering around but all we really want to know is when are they going to replace their mostly failing local brands with their badly executed, new national ones?!

    1. mb23 says

      Probably waiting for the CMA decision at the end of July.

  3. Joe Smith says

    Deckchairs and the Titanic spring to mind.

  4. Gareth Davis says

    They should never have rebranded from Key 103. It was a trusted name in the Manchester area, just because they went national on DAB, they thought the brand didn’t fit because it referred to the FM frequency. And, trying to bring in ‘well known’ Presenters didn’t work either, most of the Key 103 Presenters being Mancs (or certainly northern) themselves. There is just no familiarity there anymore.

  5. Will says

    This isn’t a good strategy announcing changes every week why not just all at once

  6. brian f kirkham says

    I’m trying my hardest to say this isn’t the Mediacity:UK effect….but it is. Radio Manchester and its regional cousins are picking up the best of the old DJs from Key as the imports from London drop into castle quay. If the management want to act like virgin radio the best they could do is bring back Pete Mitchell and Geoff Lloyd who only left Key to get a National following

  7. Peter Tankard. says

    Hi from Peter in Sheffield.
    A lot of people I know in Sheffield have retuned there radios into pulse 2 on 1530 or 1278 AM because they don’t like the hits radio line up at all. I have noticed that they tend to repeat the same songs at the same times every day and it is very boring. Last weekend I tuned into radio Caroline north on 648 AM and head some fantastic De jays jingles and some fantastic music it was on all day Saturday and Sunday and is loud and clear right across Sheffield. how long is it going to be before they change all the line up on Pulse 2 and turn that station into just another clone just like all the other stations they have got there hands on. what about what the British public want to listen to. At lest Bauer cant get there hands on Radio Caroline the radio Caroline management supporters and listeners would never let it happen.

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