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Jackie Brambles to return to national radio, as she joins the presenting line-up on Greatest Hits Radio

Jackie Brambles is making a return to national radio for the first time in 27 years, as she joins the presenting line-up on Greatest Hits Radio.

The Evening Show with Jackie Brambles will air every Monday to Thursday from 7-10pm, broadcast across the Greatest Hits Radio Network.

Retuning to commercial radio, it’s full circle for the broadcaster who began her career on Bauer owned station ‘West Sound’ in Ayr in Scotland before going on to Capital FM and then BBC Radio 1 - where she rose to fame as the station’s first female presenter with a daytime show.

Fans will also fondly remember Jackie as a lead reporter for GMTV and anchor on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’, while most recently she could be found as a regular on-air voice on BBC Radio Scotland.

Her new show on Greatest Hits Radio will see her reunite with old colleagues and friends, including Simon Mayo who will handover to her from his weekday Drivetime Show. Jackie joins the station full-time following the success of music series’ ‘Greatest Brits’ and ‘My Life of Live’ that she hosted earlier this year.

Jackie Brambles said - “It’s all Simon Mayo’s fault…he said “Oi, Brambles, come and join Greatest Hits Radio, it’s got phenomenal music, and brilliant listeners”. And he’s not wrong, as I found out for myself making the Women In Music series for the station earlier this year. It was deeply gratifying to catch up with many of the artists that I started out with in my early radio days - yes we’re older and wiser but most importantly I think we’re all really appreciative to have come of age in an era when music was so innovative, inspiring and optimistic. I can’t wait to share more fascinating conversations with some of our greatest artists and of course to revel in their glorious music. So, I’m wishing all Greatest Hits Radio listeners a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to keeping you company in the evenings in 2022!” 

Simon Mayo said “Jackie is a top radio presenter and I’m delighted we’ll be reunited at Greatest Hits Radio. At Radio 1 she was always a delight to work with- we always seemed to get hysterical at the same time. I’m really looking forward to her new show!”

Gary Stein, Group Content Director for the Hits Radio Brand Network said “We’re delighted to be welcoming Jackie Brambles to present a new weekday evening show on Greatest Hits Radio. A truly exceptional broadcaster, we know our listeners will be delighted to hear her return to the airwaves across the UK after so long and hear her play so many of the songs that they’ll recall her playing on the radio in the 80s and 90s.”

Listeners of Jackie’s new show, which launches on 4th January 2022, will enjoy a blend of music and conversations to perfectly soundtrack their evening listening, alongside special guests, feature documentary content and live sessions.

Darren Proctor who previously hosted the evening show across Greatest Hits Radio in England will be departing the station to explore new opportunities. His final show will be on 23rd December and a replacement for his weekend House Party show will be announced in due course. Presenter Alan Edwards will continue to present his weekend breakfast show as well as provide cover across the network in Scotland, and Badger aka Andrew Miles will continue to host on Wave Swansea where he is the mid-morning presenter.

Gary Stein added “We send our huge thanks to Darren for his incredible contribution to Bauer over the years, and it’s been fantastic to his journey from local radio to hosting a national programme on Greatest Hits Radio. We wish him all the best as he departs us for an exciting new adventure in 2022.”

Greatest Hits Radio offers a playlist of the biggest songs of the 70s,80s and 90s with a presenting line-up including Simon Mayo, Martin Kemp, Jenny Powell, Janice Long, Pat Sharp, Paul Gambaccini and Mark Goodier.

Listen to the station on FM, DAB digital radio, on your smart speaker, mobile device or online at greatesthitsradio.co.uk


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For further press information, please contact:  
Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK  
E: amelia.oshea@bauermedia.co.uk M: 07718 489342  

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media Audio  
E: cat.martin@bauermedia.co.uk M: 07932 746 363  

About Greatest Hits Radio  

At Greatest Hits Radio it’s all about the music and the unique feeling that hearing a great song gives you, with listeners able discover an upbeat, authentic, fun and entertaining format where the ‘Good Times Sound Like This’. Targeting an audience of 40+, the station plays the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s including music from iconic artists such as Blondie, Queen, George Michael, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Elton John and Whitney Houston.  

Featuring a presenter line-up of legendary broadcasters including; Simon Mayo, Mark Goodier, Pat Sharp, Paul Gambaccini, Janice Long, Jenny Powell and many more, Greatest Hits Radio is part of the Hits Radio Brand Network. Find the station on your radio, mobile or ask your smart speaker to play ‘Greatest Hits Radio.’ 

Jackie Brambles bio:
A broadcast journalist, producer and entrepreneur, Jackie is adaptable to pretty much any environment be it reporting on location from Florida hurricanes, presidential elections, 9/11 or chatting to the Hollywood glitterati as she did when she led ITV’s coverage of 6 Academy Awards as a long-time correspondent in LA. For the 5 years prior to that, Jackie was based in San Francisco where she was a PR & Media Training consultant to major tech companies in Silicon Valley, as well as anchoring the local CBS News on radio & television.

Before her 11-year stint in the USA, Jackie’s career began as the youngest ever DJ on BBC Radio 1 becoming their first female broadcaster with a daytime show. Upon her return to the UK, she became anchor on ITV’s hit TV show “Loose Women” during its highest-rated and most award-winning period to date. Since having a family, Jackie switched gears in order to juggle the school-run with the running of her production company BroadStance Media. She also fronts the annual cybercrime TV series "Stopping Scotland's Scammers" for STV and is a regular on-air voice on BBC Radio Scotland.