Heart Yorkshire

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Heart Yorkshire
The Heart Network logo.svg
City of license Leeds
Broadcast area South and West Yorkshire
Branding This is Yorkshire's Heart
Slogan More Music Variety
Frequency 106.2, 107.6, 107.7 MHz /
DAB: 12A
First air date 25 March 2002
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 5.7% (July 2014, [1])
Owner Communicorp
Website Heart Yorkshire

Heart Yorkshire(previously Real Radio Yorkshire) is a regional radio station owned by Communicorp and operated by Global Radio as part of the Heart network. It broadcasts to South and West Yorkshire from studios in Leeds.[1]


Real Radio logo, 2002 - 2012

Real Radio[edit]

Real Radio Yorkshire launched on 25 March 2002.[2] The station transmits from Emley Moor on 106.2 MHz FM, which covers the majority of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, including Leeds, York, Doncaster, Huddersfield and Rotherham. It also broadcasts from Idle on 107.6 MHz FM to Bradford and Halifax, and on 107.7 MHz FM from Tapton Hill to Sheffield.


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, continued to operate separately as 'Real and Smooth Limited' until 1 April 2014.[3][4]

On 6 February 2014, Global Radio announced it would be rebranding all Real Radio stations as Heart.[5] On 1 May 2014, local programming moved from Tingley, Wakefield to share facilities with sister station Capital Yorkshire in Hanover Walk, Leeds.

The full relaunch as Heart Yorkshire took place on Tuesday 6 May 2014. Local programming is retained at breakfast and drivetime on weekdays and on weekend afternoons. Networked programming from Salford was replaced by Heart's networked output from Global's Leicester Square headquarters in London. The station's audience share increased from 5.5% to over 7% following the relaunch.[6]

Notable current presenters[edit]

Notable former presenters[edit]

Heart News[edit]

Heart Yorkshire broadcasts local news bulletins each day. There is also a ten-minute programme: Heart Nightly News. The local bulletins are produced for Communicorp by Global Radio's newsroom in Leeds, which also produces bulletins for Capital Yorkshire. National news updates are from Global's London headquarters.


  1. ^ Global confirms Heart expansion details Radio Today, 14 April 2014
  2. ^ https://media.info/radio/stations/heart-16
  3. ^ GMG Radio sold to Global for £50m Mark Sweeney, The Guardian, 25 June 2012
  4. ^ Global Radio seals £50m purchase of GMG Radio Maisie McCabe, Media Week, 25 June 2012
  5. ^ Martin, Roy (2014-02-06). "Communicorp buys 8 Global stations". RadioToday. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ https://media.info/radio/stations/heart-16/listening-figures
  7. ^ West, Gillian (8 March 2013). "Boots UK launches radio and online programme hosted by Kate Thornton". The Drum. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 

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