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4 January 2019

Hits Radio to Launch Trending Chart Show Fronted by Sarah Jane Crawford

Bauer Media have announced plans to launch a brand new sponsorable multi-platform chart show revealing the biggest songs, shows, films and trending moments from the week every Sunday from 4-7pm. Broadcasting to the Hits Radio Network, it presents a unique opportunity for national commercial partners.

The UK Chart Show will play the hottest 30 tracks in the UK, airing what audiences are listening to, streaming, watching and downloading that week. More than a music countdown, the show will reveal the #TopThreeTrending moments of the past 7 days: from albums, movies and shows, as well as revealing the Future Hits listeners need to hear now.

Informed by audience insight and programming expertise, the show is aimed at a national audience of influential 15-44 year olds who live their life in a digital sphere with an unending desire to know what’s hot now – giving them a weekly fix of what’s really important in their world through a fun and entertaining escape.

Commenting on the launch, Simon Kilby Chief Revenue Officer said: “The UK Chart Show meets a clear gap in the market for an energetic and pacey format driven by the trending topics of the week, authentically reaching listeners who are consuming more than music every day. This hard-to-reach audience can now be accessed by commercial partners in a new simple proposition with a format spanning across the broad entertainment sector”.

Keeping listeners ahead of the curve, The UK Chart Show will be the UK’s most accurate reflection of consumer trends – with Sarah Jane grabbing exclusive chats with the stars behind the hits.

The UK Chart Show will air every Sunday from 4pm – 7pm across the Hits Radio Network and is broadcast on DAB Digital Radio, Freeview, online and on listen apps across the UK as well as each chart element simulcast across the Hits Radio Network social channels. It will also be broadcast on FM. Advertisers will be able to access this valuable audience nationally.

The UK Chart Show launches on Sunday 6th January at 4pm.


Notes to editors

The UK Chart Show will be broadcast across the Hits Radio Network which includes Nottingham‘s Gem, Newcastle’s Metro Radio, Liverpool’s Radio City, Glasgow’s Clyde 1 and Edinburgh’s Forth, in addition to Hits Radio broadcasting across the UK.

The full list of stations The UK Chart Show will be broadcast to are: Hits Radio; CFM; Clyde 1; Forth 1; Free Radio (Birmingham & Black Country); Free Radio (Coventry & Warwickshire); Free Radio (Herefordshire & Worcestershire); Free Radio (Shropshire); Gem 106; Hallam FM; Metro Radio; Moray Firth Radio; Northsound 1; Radio Aire; Radio Borders; Radio City; Radio City Talk; Rock FM; Tay FM; TFM Radio; Viking FM; West FM.


About Hits Radio and Hits Network:

The Hits Radio Network reaches a family-friendly national audience of 25-44 year olds. It is home to Hits Radio, a brand new national station which offers relatable and brilliant banter accompanied by the biggest hits of the day, alongside favourites from the last fifteen years. The network is also home to strong heritage brands, including Newcastle’s Metro, Birmingham‘s Free, Liverpool’s Radio City, Glasgow’s Clyde 1 and Edinburgh’s Forth 1.

About Bauer Media UK:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.


For more information:

Cat Martin, Communications Director, Bauer Media


T: 020 7432 3317/07932 746 363

Sian Collins, Senior Commercial Communications Executive, Bauer Media


T: 07718 124 791

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