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Greatest Hits Radio

Greatest Hits Radio
GHR logo.png
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
FrequencyMW: 828 - 1584 kHz
FM: 96.3 - 107.9 MHz
Freeview 716
RDSGrt Hits
BrandingThe Greatest Hits Radio Network
SloganThe Good Times Sound Like This
The Greatest Hits For (TSA)
FormatClassic hits and specialist music
Country Hits Radio
Hits Radio
Hits Radio Pride
First air date
5 January 2015 as Bauer City 2
7 January 2019 as Greatest Hits Radio

Greatest Hits Radio is a classic hits radio network in the United Kingdom, owned and operated by Bauer. The stations generally air networked programming, alongside local news and travel.

The network launched on 5 January 2015 as the "Bauer City 2 Network",[1] and rebranded on 7 January 2019.[2]

As of 1 September 2020, the network consists of 44 local radio stations in England and Scotland, as well as a national DAB station[2] in areas not served by a local Bauer-owned station.



The stations forming the Greatest Hits Radio network are predominantly sister stations to the corresponding Hits Radio network stations. Many were originally set up as a 'Gold' counterpart (e.g. Radio City Gold in Liverpool) when stations were instructed by the Independent Broadcasting Authority to cease simulcasting their services on both FM and AM in the late 1980s. The main exception to this was FM station West Sound in Dumfries and Galloway.

Greatest Hits Radio (Scotland) and Magic (Northern England)

In Northern England, the stations were rebranded as Magic in 1997 - a station brand first used by Radio Aire upon the launch of their AM station in July 1990.

In Scotland, local programming on AM stations was largely retained until networking outside of weekday breakfast and specialist shows was introduced in June 2009.

The Magic stations gradually began to form a network merging most of their schedule until, and by March 2013, only local content consisted of three regional breakfast shows on weekdays, serving the North West, the North East and Yorkshire.[3]

In July 2013, the remaining Scottish local output was axed, leading to a fully networked schedule known as 'Greatest Hits Network.[4]

Greatest Hits Radio (Scotland) and Radio City 2 (Northern England)

In September 2014, Bauer Radio announced it would rebrand the Magic stations under localised identities, based on the main FM station names (e.g. Magic 1152 in Manchester becomes Key 2, based on Key 103).[5] Magic's AM network closed with the London equivalent, Magic 105.4 FM, launched nationwide on DAB.

The relaunch took place on Monday 5 January 2015. Initially, the two networks serving Scotland (The Greatest Hits Network) and northern England (City 2 Network) were replaced by one carrying programming from both nations over all stations, with some peak time opt-outs. Further split programming for the two nations was reintroduced the following year.

On 7 December 2015, Radio City 2 in Liverpool swapped frequencies with sister station Radio City Talk on 105.9 FM and reintroduced local programming at peak times.[6][7]

In April 2018, Northsound 2 ceased analogue broadcasting on 1035 AM, becoming the first commercial radio station in Scotland - and the first local Bauer-owned station - to broadcast only on digital platforms (DAB and online).[8]

On 4 June 2018, Key 2 in Manchester was rebranded as Key Radio, in tandem with Key 103's relaunch as Hits Radio.

Greatest Hits Radio (National)

On 7 January 2019, Greatest Hits Radio replaced the Bauer City 2 branding due to the success of Radio City 2 in Liverpool. Local station identities in Northern England took on Greatest Hits Radio branded names and Scottish stations retaining their local brands.

Greatest Hits Radio also became available on FM (having previously being only a Medium Wave/AM network) but only across the West Midlands and Greatest Hits Radio UK began broadcasting across most of the UK on DAB (Digital Radio) using various local multiplexes.[9][10]

Network expansion

In May 2020, Bauer announced 48 local radio stations in England and South West Wales will rebrand and join the Greatest Hits Radio network, following the acquisition of licences from UKRD, Wireless Group, Lincs FM Group and Celador.[11]

Most of the stations have been merged and carry networked output, alongside a regional Drivetime show on weekdays and localised news, travel and advertising.

On 13 July 2020, the former Wireless Group and Celador-owned stations joined the Greatest Hits Radio network. The nineteen stations carried local breakfast shows and voicetracked programming whilst retaining separate branding until the full relaunch on 1 September 2020.[12]

On 16 July 2020, Bauer announced Radio Aire would switch from the Hits Radio network to rebrand as Greatest Hits Radio, merging with twelve stations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.[13]

On the 17th of September 2020, Bauer bought Radio Plymouth.[14]

On 15 October 2020 it was announced that the Suffolk station Ipswich 102, part-owned by Bauer through their purchase of Lincs FM Group, would take the GHR brand and network programming, including the East region drivetime show, from November, with the former Town 102 on DAB, which had carried GHR East since the September network relaunch, being replaced by Hits Radio.[15]


United Kingdom

East & West Midlands

East of England

Joining the Network in November 2020


  • GHR London

North East England

North West England


South East England

South West England


Yorkshire and the Humber


Daytime programming for England originates from Bauer's Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester studios, plus their Golden Square headquarters in Soho. In Scotland, it originates from Bauer's Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow studios. In Wales, it originates from Bauer's Swansea studios.

Each local station has its own latest local news, weather and travel news updates.

Late-night and overnight programming airs across all Greatest Hits Radio stations in England, Scotland and Wales from the Birmingham or Manchester studios.

There are some opt-outs and variations:

  • In the East, Midlands, North West, South, South West and Yorkshire, regional drivetime shows air each weekday from 4-7pm.
  • In Hull & East Yorkshire and the South Coast, local drivetime shows air each weekday from 4-7pm.
  • In the North East and Teesside, Night Owls, a weekly late-night talk show presented by Alan Robson, airs from 10pm-2am each Sunday.


Bauer's newsrooms across the UK air news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside traffic bulletins.

At weekends, bespoke networked news bulletins air during the afternoon produced by the Bauer newsroom in Glasgow for Scotland and usually either Leeds or Manchester for England and Wales. At all other times, mainly evening and overnight, hourly national bulletins originate from Sky News Radio.

Notable presenters


  1. ^ Schedule released for Bauer City 2 stations Archived 22 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine, RadioToday, 19 December 2014
  2. ^ a b New Greatest Hits Radio network confirmed for 2019
  3. ^ Magic AM starts networking at breakfast, RadioToday, 15 February 2013
  4. ^ Galloway goes national at Bauer Scotland, RadioToday, 3 June 2013
  5. ^ Major brand swap for Bauer's local stations, RadioToday, 28 September 2014
  6. ^ Simon Ross moves to Radio City 2 Breakfast, RadioToday, 30 November 2015
  7. ^ Date set for Radio City 2 and 3 frequency swap, RadioToday, 16 November 2015
  8. ^ Northsound 2 to switch off AM radio service, Radio Today, 8 March 2018
  10. ^ Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radio network Radio Today, 15 November 2018
  11. ^ most-of-acquired-bauer-stations-to-become-greatest-hits-radio/ Most of acquired Bauer stations to become Greatest Hits Radio Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 27 May 2020
  12. ^ Bauer starts to roll out Hits and Greatest Hits to new radio stations Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 9 July 2020
  13. ^ [1] Radio Aire to become Greatest Hits Radio, Radio Today, 16 July 2020
  14. ^ [2] Bauer buys Radio Plymouth to extend GHR network, Radio Today, 17th of September 2020
  15. ^ RadioToday, 2020-10-15

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