Bauer Reduces Local Content

Bauer is to scrap local weekend programmes across the ‘Hits Radio’ network of stations in England and Scotland. Separate programmes will be programmes are to be aired across the local stations in England plus Hits Radio, with a the Scottish stations having their own show. Meanwhile the number of breakfast shows on Free Radio are…Read moreRead more

Bauer Expansion

As reported earlier, Bauer Media have acquired both the Lincs FM Group and Celador Radio. Here are further details of the stations acquired. The following stations have been acquired with the Celador Radio portfolio: The Breeze (Andover) The Breeze (Bristol) The Breeze (Basingstoke & North Hampshire) The Breeze (Bath) The Breeze (Bridgwater & West Somerset)…Read moreRead more

Bauer Reduce Sound Quality on Many Of Their Local DAB Services is starting to report several changes to the sound quality (bit rates) of many of Bauer Media’s local services. Many of the Hits Radio and Greatest Hits Radio network stations have dropped from 128 to 112 kbps. A more extreme example is the newly launched Manchester version of Greatest Hits Radio which is now…Read moreRead more

Bauer Ditch Big Top 40

Bauer have opted to cease broadcasting the syndicated Big Top 40 Chart show when the contract expires in December. A ‘This Weeks Biggest Hits’ show will be networked from Hits Radio instead. This will likely fuel rumours that Bauer will ditch local station names. Global Radio, who produce the Big Top 40, have now chosen…Read moreRead more

08/06/2018: News Round-Up

Here is this weeks news round up: With Key103 becoming Hits Radio, Key 2 has changed its name to Key Radio. Absolute Classic Rock has joined the Manchester DAB multiplex, broadcasting in mono at 80kbps London DAB stations Thames Radio will rebrand to Nation Radio later this month, but will remain separate from the current…Read moreRead more

Bauer Station Changes

In connection with the upcoming launch of Hits Radio, Bauer have made some changes to their DAB service line up. Absolute Radio 70s and Kerrang ceased broadcasting in London. Their two mono slots have been combined to provide a stereo slot for Hits Radio. Absolute Radio 70s and Kerrang are now available on the Tayside…Read moreRead more

Bauer Ditches Local Name

Bauer Media are re-branding Key 103 in Manchester as Hits Radio, on the 4th June. This service will also replace The Hits, and existing national service. A local service, presumably with existing local breakfast and drive time shows will be available in Manchester, with a national version carried elsewhere. The Hits for a time, aligned…Read moreRead more