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New shows announced from Tom Green and Hattie Pearson, plus Mike Toolan to reunite with Gemma Atkinson on Drivetime

The Hits Radio Network is marking the next step in its evolution as it reveals a revamped daytime schedule on weekdays.

Former KISS Breakfast host Tom Green will be moving to mid-mornings to entertain listeners across the network from 10am to 1pm, followed by Hattie Pearson who will host afternoons including the world-famous Cash Register.

Mike Toolan who previously hosted mid-mornings will reunite with his former Breakfast co-host Gemma Atkinson as they team up to host the Drivetime show across the network from 4-7pm

The new schedule is of course preceded by the fantastic Hits Radio Breakfast show, presented by Fleur East along with James Barr and Matt Haslam.

The changes will come into effect in from January 24th.

Speaking about the new schedule, Hits Radio Content Director Paul Gerrard said “It’s brilliant to see both Tom and Hattie, who really shaped their careers at Bauer, move up to secure these exciting new presenting slots. Both are brilliantly entertaining and are the perfect companions to entertain our UK wide audiences.

“I’m equally delighted that Mike Toolan will be teaming up with Gemma Atkinson 4-7pm.  They are genuine mates with amazing stories, genuine opinions and will be a great escapism on the way home from work. Plus, they’ll have an incredible playlist of hits and throwbacks.”

Hattie Pearson said “I am quite simply over the moon to be taking over the afternoon slot across the Hits Radio Network. It’s amazing to be at the helm of the Cash Register which is such a life changing competition! Being the person who makes that phone call is so humbling and shows that radio really can make a difference. We'll have belting tunes to get people through their workday and lots of fun along the way!”

Tom Green said “It has been a pleasure waking you up on Saturdays and Sundays, and now I cannot wait to make the workday a little bit more fun. I am beyond excited to grab this opportunity with both hands and make the show my own.”

Greg Burns will remain within the Hits Radio Network to present a new show in 2022, whilst Wes Butters will continue to host his Sunday morning show with Sheree Murphy as well as the new weekend breakfast show on Saturday mornings.

Full weekday daytime schedule below:
6am-10am – The Hits Radio Breakfast Show with Fleur East
10am – 1pm – Tom Green
1pm – 4pm – Hattie Pearson
4pm – 7pm –Gemma Atkinson & Mike Toolan*

*Hits Radio Bristol, Bournemouth and The South Coast will still have their local drive shows 4-7pm

 

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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 Hits Radio 
Hits Radio is an exciting digital radio station for the UK, available on DAB Digital Radio, Freeview, online and via listen apps. Home to The Hits Radio Breakfast Show with Fleur East. The UK Chart Show with Sarah Jane Crawford and The Hits Radio Throwback,  Hits Radio is the only national commercial radio station to be broadcast out of Manchester. 

Aimed at an audience of 25-44 year olds, Hits Radio is there to connect with listeners that lead busy and chaotic lives, by providing an entertaining and fun escape. Bursting with huge tunes and big personalities, Hits Radio is led by a team of original, authentic presenters who love to surprise and entertain listeners, but above all love music. Featuring a soundtrack of the biggest hits and the biggest throwbacks, Hits Radio is part of the Hits Radio Network