Heart Wales

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Heart Wales
The Heart Network logo.svg
City of license Cardiff
Broadcast area South and West Wales
Branding This is Heart
Slogan More Music Variety
Frequency 105–107 MHzRDS:HEART
First air date 3 October 2000
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 11.5% (July 2014, [1])
Owner Global Radio
Website Heart Wales

Heart Wales is an Independent Local Radio station serving South and West Wales. The station is owned and operated by Global Radio and forms part of the expanded Heart radio network of stations.

Background[edit]

Real Radio[edit]

On 3 October 2000 the Real Radio brand was launched after GMG Group won its first broadcast licence, serving South and West Wales.[1] Following an introduction by Tom Jones, the station's founding managing director John Myers introduced the song "A Star is Born".

In December 2008, GMG Group was awarded the corresponding North and Mid Wales licence. Following an agreed format change request with OFCOM, the existing South and West Wales service was rolled out to the new coverage area. The station began broadcasting on its North and Mid Wales frequencies on 4 January 2011.

Real Radio Wales was a music and speech station, playing a AC format of classic, contemporary and current music the past 25 years to the present day.

The station also carried news bulletins every hour between the hours of 6am and 7pm weekdays and from 6am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays (including half-hour headlines at breakfast and drivetime) from Cardiff. Other bulletins were provided by Sky News through IRN.

Heart[edit]

On 25 June 2012 it was announced Global Radio (the owner of stations such as Capital and Heart) had bought GMG Radio. The former GMG stations, including Real Radio, will continue to operate separately until a regulatory review is carried out.[2][3]

On 6 February 2014, Global Radio reached an agreement to sell the North Wales licence for Real Radio and seven other stations to Communicorp.[4] The South Wales licence remains under Global's ownership.

Up until April 2014, the station was available across the UK on digital satellite TV (Sky Digital channel 0146), taking up the slot following the closure of Real Radio (Digital), but was replaced by The Arrow.

Under OFCOM rules, the sale required the all-Wales Real Radio station to be split into two with separate stations, launched under separate owners.[5][6]

Both stations were rebranded and relaunched as Heart North Wales and Heart Wales on Tuesday 6 May 2014. The South and West Wales station now broadcasts from the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay, sharing studio facilities with Capital South Wales. Networked programming at all other hours is broadcast from Global's London headquarters. Around the time of the relaunch, the station's audience share had increased from 9.1% to 11.5% in the previous twelve months.[7]

Programming/presenters[edit]

Local presenters[edit]

Networked presenters[edit]

Syndicated presenters[edit]

Heart News[edit]

Heart Wales broadcasts local news bulletins each day - updates air hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 6am to 12pm at weekends. In addition, a ten-minute programme, Heart Nightly News, airs each weeknight at 6.45pm. National news updates from Global's London headquarters air each hour at all other times, except during The Vodafone Big Top 40.

Past presenters[edit]

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