Bauer Place & Passion
Bauer Place & Bauer Passion are the names given to two radio networks owned and operated by Bauer Radio. Place incorporates 36 local radio stations in northern and southern England and Scotland while Passion incorporates six national or semi-national music genre stations.
The main rival networks are Global Radio's Heart network (serving 22 stations) and Capital network (serving nine stations) in Wales, the English Midlands and Southern England. Both Global networks play a differing music format, have not retained their original heritage branding and in most cases, incorporate a greater reliance on networked programming.
The Place network was originally known as the Big City Network. In 2006, many of the former Scottish Radio Holdings stations were added to the network and branded as Big City Network Scotland and Northern Ireland, although all stations kept their original logos, with the exception of CFM. West Sound was the only AM station in the network although it did not carry any of the networked programming carried by the FM stations.
In April 2011 Bauer Radio announced it would be restructuring its radio portfolio into two divisions: locally-focused and heritage stations, including many of the Big City stations, South Coast station Wave 105 and London station Magic 105.4 FM would also become part of the "Bauer Place" division, with branded music-category stations such as Kiss and Kerrang! Radio forming a second sub-brand, "Bauer Passion" - the Big City Network identity was dropped as part of the restructuring.
In April 2013, Bauer announced it would merge its two North East England stations, Metro Radio and TFM. Both stations broadcast shared programming from Newcastle and Manchester while carrying separate branding, news bulletins and advertising.
Bauer Place stations
Bauer Passion stations
|Station name||Based in||FM broadcast areas||Digital broadcasts||Transmission Date|
|Heat Radio||Manchester||-||Nationally on Digital TV, online, selected areas on DAB||25 September 2007|
|The Hits Radio||Manchester||-||Nationally on Digital TV, online, selected areas on DAB||2003|
|Kerrang! Radio||London||-||Nationally on Digital TV, online, selected areas on DAB||10 June 2004|
|Kiss||London||London, Severn Estuary, East Anglia||Nationally on Digital TV, online, DAB||1 September 1990|
|Planet Rock||London||West Midlands||Nationally on Digital TV, online, DAB||1999|
|Smash Hits Radio||Manchester||-||Nationally on Digital TV, online||2002|
Former stations in the Bauer music portfolio include Q Radio, closed in 2013 and replaced by Kisstory, as well as Mojo Radio, a blues/soul & rock station based on the magazine of the same name, and country station 3C which was acquired as part of the then-Emap's takeover of Scottish Radio Holdings; following 3C's closure, it was replaced on Freeview for a time by Clyde 1.
In October 2014, a new schedule of networked programming will be introduced to Bauer Place stations in England and Scotland.
|Sunday–Thursday||1900–2200||In:Demand with Stu Tolan||Exc. MFR. Clyde 1 opts in from 20:00 due to local programming (Super Scoreboard)||Manchester|
|2200–0100||Kate Lawler||Exc. Metro Radio and TFM|
|Monday–Friday||1400–1500||Old Skool & Anthems with Neil Bentley||Exc. MFR and Radio Borders|
|Friday||1900–2200||Friday Night Floorfillers with James Barr||Exc. MFR. Clyde 1 opts in from 20:00 due to local programming (Super Scoreboard).|
|Saturday||0900–1200||Andrew 'Boogie' Bouglas and David 'Dingo' Konov||Edinburgh|
|1800–2200||Old Skool & Anthems with Graeme Park||Manchester|
Bauer Place stations in the North of England carry semi-networked and/or networked programming; in some cases production is voice-tracked with a Bauer Passion station. This usually occurs on weekday evenings and overnights. All local programming on Metro Radio is shared with TFM and broadcast from Newcastle. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio in Leicester Square, London for broadcast on 145 commercial radio stations in the UK.
|Monday–Thursday||0100–0600||Alex Duffy||Syndicated with Heat.
Metro, TFM & Radio City opt in from 0200
|Sunday||1600–1900||The Vodafone Big Top 40 with Marvin Humes & Kat Shoob||Leicester Square, London|
The Bauer Place FM stations in Scotland carry networked programming on Sunday - Friday evenings, overnights and weekend mornings. Networked output is produced from the studios of Clyde 1 in Glasgow and Forth One studios in Edinburgh.
|Saturday & Sunday||John Mulgrew|
|Friday & Saturday||2200–0100||Krystle||Edinburgh|
|Saturday||1200–1400||Scotland's Hot 20 with Mark Martin||Exc. Northsound 1 and MFR|
City Talk 105.9 in Liverpool does not air the CHR networked programming, but does carry the Big Top 40 Show, and simulcasts Pete Price's late night phone-in (Sunday to Thursday nights) plus the regular football coverage with sister Liverpool station Radio City.
Since 2013, all Bauer AM stations in Scotland have operated an shared schedule of networked programming 24 hours a day, known as The Greatest Hits Network, with opt outs for local news, travel bulletins and sports coverage - including live football commentaries on Saturday afternoons. MFR Two on 1170 AM joined the network in September 2014, replacing its previous schedule of through-the-day automated music and specialist output in the evenings.
Magic 105.4 FM and Wave 105 are completely locally-scheduled and do not carry any of the networked programming. The two Northern Irish stations, Cool FM and Downtown Radio, also air locally produced programming 24 hours a day, with the exception of the Big Top 40 chart, carried on Cool FM each Sunday.
The Bauer Passion Stations take no networked programming, except for The Hits Radio which takes some of Bauer Place's networked output for Northern England as detailed above. Additionally, The Hits and Smash Hits Radio both carry the Big Top 40 Show.
The three Kiss stations now carry largely simulcast programming content from London, but retain the ability to split for localised news and advertising.
- "Bauer drops Big City image", Radio Today, 14 Apr 2011
- TFM leaves Teesside to share with Metro, RadioToday, 5 April 2013
- Weekly Bauer show for Paddy McGuinness Radio Today, 28 August 2014