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all new Phil3,751 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
So Heart’s breakfast show. Is Amanda Holden actually sat there presenting the show? I listened for the first time today and it was mostly Jamie Theakston with her inputting every now and then by the sound of it. It certainly didn’t seem like a show with 2 equal co-presenters.
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Neil Jones6,465 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
So Heart’s breakfast show. Is Amanda Holden actually sat there presenting the show? I listened for the first time today and it was mostly Jamie Theakston with her inputting every now and then by the sound of it. It certainly didn’t seem like a show with 2 equal co-presenters.


Well elsewhere in the show people were phoning in and talking to Amanda so presumably she's there but yes the entire operation sounds like its Jamie Theakston with guest Amanda Holden.
VMPhil10,397 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
A DAB+ test service has appeared today, presumably to be replaced by Heart Dance on Friday but it's odd as they didn't have a test service before Heart/Smooth Extra changed to DAB+, nor before Gold UK launched. I wonder if there are further plans for stations to go DAB+.

It's quite a turnaround given a few years ago there were no DAB+ services in the UK at all and it looked unlikely there ever would be, before small‐scale DAB came into the picture.
London Lite11,455 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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It's quite a turnaround given a few years ago there were no DAB+ services in the UK at all and it looked unlikely there ever would be, before small‐scale DAB came into the picture.


The small scale DAB trials have changed everything regarding the use of distribution of DAB. It appears to have encouraged take up of DAB with the new DAB+ decoders in receivers, then with the SDL national mux also having DAB+ only stations, it makes sense for Global who haven't been DAB+ friendly until now to come on board with soon to be four stations using the format.

As for Heart Dance, it appears they'll be two live shows a day on weekdays, another on Saturday morning and a simulcast of Club Classics with Heart FM on Fri/Sat evenings. A considerable investment compared to Heart 80s and Gold which only have a single presenter per day.
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Jon8,616 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

I would expect 300,000 would be seen as a solid start for them and with most of those listeners coming from Radio 2 and Classic FM but mysteriously with neither of those stations losing listeners.

Just below that 300,000 for Scala with 258,000.

Radio 2 oddly sees Ken Bruce’s show rating higher than Breakfast.
Hatton Cross3,557 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Not a surprise with Zoe Ball loosing listeners.
If you employ someone with a successful track record of loosing listeners at Breakfast time, as Radio One was in freefall whilst she was at the helm, then promote the new Radio Two show with a very visually aggressive tone eventually the rot sets in.

The only real surprise of this Rajars is that Simon Mayo hasn't made any sort of debt into Sir Kens figures - if anything, it's improved them!
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