Heart Thames Valley

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Heart Thames Valley
The Heart Network logo.svg
CityReading
Broadcast areaBerkshire, Oxfordshire, north Hampshire and parts of west Buckinghamshire
BrandingThis is Heart
SloganTurn up the Feel Good!
Frequency97.0, 97.4, 102.6, 102.9 and 103.4 MHz, DAB
FormatAdult Contemporary
OwnerGlobal
WebsiteHeart Thames Valley

Heart Thames Valley is a local radio station owned and operated by Global Radio as part of the Heart network. It broadcasts to Berkshire, Oxfordshire, north Hampshire and parts of west Buckinghamshire from studios in Reading, southern England. The station is the result of a merger between Heart Oxfordshire (formerly Fox FM) and Heart Berkshire (formerly 2-Ten FM).

History[edit]

The station originally broadcast as two separate stations. Fox FM served Oxfordshire and West Buckinghamshire and was latterly owned by Capital Radio. Radio 210, later 2-Ten FM, served Berkshire and North Hampshire and was eventually acquired by the GWR Group forming part of GWR's Mix Network. This later merged with Capital's equivalent Capital FM network (comprising the former Invicta FM, the former Southern FM, BRMB, Red Dragon FM and the former Power FM) to form The One Network, after the GWR Group plc and Capital Radio Group plc merged in May 2005. Global Radio acquired GCap Media in 2008 and rebranded most of the One Network stations to Heart, in phases by area, from January 2009.

On 21 June 2010, Global Radio announced it would merge the Oxford and Reading stations as part of plans to reduce the Heart network of stations from 33 to 16.[1] The new station began broadcasting from Reading on Friday 9 July 2010, leading to the closure of studios in Oxford.[2]

The stations still carry local advertising and travel bulletins, and accordingly are sub-branded as "Heart Thames Valley for Oxfordshire" and "Heart Thames Valley for Berkshire and NW Hampshire".[3]

Station merger[edit]

On 26 February 2019, Global announced Heart Thames Valley will be merged with three sister stations in Hampshire and Dorset, Kent and Sussex and Surrey.[4]

From 3 June 2019, local output will consist of a three-hour regional Drivetime show on weekdays, alongside localised news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising.[5]

Heart Thames Valley is expected to cease local programming on 31 May 2019, although the station's Reading studios will be retained as offices for newsgathering and sales. Local breakfast and weekend shows will be replaced with network programming from London.

Programming[edit]

Local programming is produced and broadcast from Heart's Reading studios from 6-10am and 4-7pm on weekdays, 6-10am on Saturdays and 12pm-4pm on Sundays. All networked programming originates from Global Radio's London headquarters, including the syndicated Vodafone Big Top 40 on Sunday afternoons.

The station's local presenters are Matt Jarvis and Michelle Jordan (Heart Breakfast), Luke Smith (weekday drivetime), Mark Watson (Saturday breakfast) and Warren Hayden (Sunday afternoons).

News[edit]

Heart Thames Valley broadcasts hourly local news bulletins from 6am-7pm on weekdays and 6am-12pm at weekends.[6] National news updates air hourly from Global's London headquarters at all other times.

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Coordinates: 51°26′32″N 1°02′14″W / 51.4422°N 1.0372°W / 51.4422; -1.0372