Hits Radio UK
Logo used since 2018
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
FrequencyDAB:
10D (Humberside, Teesside)
10C (Liverpool)
11C (Glasgow, Manchester, South Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear)
12A (Lancashire, Swansea)
12C (Manchester)
12D (Edinburgh, Leeds, Northern Ireland)
Freeview 711
BrandingAcross The UK
Programming
FormatCHR/Pop
NetworkHits Radio
Ownership
OwnerBauer Media Audio UK
Greatest Hits Radio UK
History
First air date
1 April 2003 (2003-04-01)
(as The Hits)
Former names
The Hits Radio
The Hits
Links
WebsiteHits Radio UK

Hits Radio UK is a national digital radio station based in Manchester, England, owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Hits Radio network. It broadcasts to the United Kingdom.

As of September 2023, the station has a weekly audience of 1.8 million listeners according to RAJAR.

Overview

Further information: Timeline of Hits Radio

The national station launched on 1 April 2003 as The Hits. The station was rebranded on 4 June 2018 as Hits Radio UK. It relays Hits Radio Manchester programming but with UK wide news & information, traffic bulletins and advertising.[1][2][3][4]

Hits Radio UK broadcasts on DAB in many parts of the UK, nationally on Freeview and online.

Technical

The launch of Hits Radio UK in 2018 saw the station added to DAB multiplex transmissions in a number of local areas - mostly those served by Arqiva's NOWdigital multiplexes, as well as being made available on the CE Birmingham multiplex (replacing 'Magic Soul') and in stereo in London (replacing Kerrang! Radio and Absolute Radio 70s, which were removed on 23 May and replaced with a Hits Radio UK placeholder).

Hits Radio UK replaced The Hits on Bauer's DAB multiplexes and on the Arqiva-operated commercial Freeview multiplex. In addition, the new network was provided over the Sky satellite TV platform, on a channel previously occupied by Absolute Radio 70s.

On 13 December 2023, Hits Radio was removed from Sky, along with every other radio station owned by Bauer Media on the platform, including Absolute Radio, Absolute Radio 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio Classic Rock, Hits Radio, Greatest Hits Radio, Kiss, Magic, Jazz FM and Planet Rock.[5]

Logo history

References

  1. ^ Bauer to launch new national radio station Archived 19 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Bauer Media, 18 April 2018
  2. ^ Key 103 to become Hits Radio as part of major rebrand, Prolific North, 18 April 2018
  3. ^ Key 103 to rebrand as Hits Radio and go national, Radio Today, 19 April 2018
  4. ^ Key 2 on AM and DAB rebrands as Key Radio, Radio Today, 4 June 2018
  5. ^ "Bauer to remove all radio stations from satellite and cable TV platforms". 28 November 2023.