Creator / Global Radio

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Global Radio are the British equivalent of Clear Channel. A consolidation of GWR and Capital Radio, Chrysalis bought them out in mid-2008.

They are disliked on the Internet, to say the least.

Two main brands exist, Heart - "Turn Up the Feel Good!" as its slogan, and disco-lite music, or Capital, known as "The UK's No.1 Hit Music Station", i.e. Katy Perry etc.

Their schedules run as follows (as of 2017):

Heartweekdays
  • 1am - 4am Simon Beale
  • 4am - 6am Jenni Falconer (4 O’Clock Club)
  • 6am - 10am Heart Breakfast
  • 10am - 1pm Toby Anstis
  • 1pm-4pm Matt Wilkinson
  • 4pm-7pm Drivetime
  • 7pm - 10pm Sian Welby
  • 10pm-1am Kat Shoob
Friday and Saturday
  • 7pm - 9pm Club Classics with Mark Wright (voice-tracked)
  • 9pm - 1am Non-Stop Club Classics with Annaliese Dayes
Saturday
  • 1am - 6am James Merritt
  • 6am - 10am Jason King and Lucy Horobin
  • 10am - 1pm Matt Wilkinson
  • 1pm - 5pm Local breakfast
  • 5pm - 7pm Emma Bunton (voice-tracked)
Sunday
  • 1am - 6am Anna Johnson
  • 6am - 9am Jenni Falconer (voice-tracked)
  • 9am - 12pm Stephen Mulhern and Emma Willis (voice-tracked)
  • 12pm - 4pm Local show
  • 4pm - 7pm The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 with Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob
  • 7pm - 10pm Jason Donovan (80s Rewind) (voice-tracked)
  • 10pm - 1am James Stewart

CapitalWeekdays
  • 1am - 4am Will Cozens (Mon-Wed) / Sonny Jay (Thu & Fri)
  • 4am - 6am Aimee Vivian
  • 6am - 10am Local breakfast
  • 10am - 1pm Ant Payne
  • 1pm - 4pm James Bassam (aka "The Bassman")
  • 4pm - 7pm Local Drivetime
  • 7pm - 10pm Capital Evening Show with Jonathan Jacob (aka JJ)
  • 10pm - 1am Capital Late Show with Marvin Humes
Friday
  • 7pm - 10pm Friday Night Capital with Marvin Humes
  • 10pm - 6am Capital Weekender with Ministry of Sound
  • 2am - 3am Martin Garrix’s DJ set
Saturday
  • 6am - 9am Saturday Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp and Vick Hope
  • 9am - 12pm Rob Howard
  • 12pm - 4pm Local show
  • 4pm - 7pm Will Manning
  • 7pm - 10pm Saturday Night Capital with JJ
  • 10pm - 6am Capital Weekender with Ministry of Sound
Sunday
  • 6am - 9am Aimee Vivian
  • 9am - 12pm The Bassman
  • 12pm - 4pm Local show
  • 4pm - 7pm The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 with Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob
  • 7pm - 10pm Jimmy Hill
  • 10pm - 1am JJ

Global Radio also own Radio X (rock music, like American Classic Rock stations), Smooth Radio (easy listening music) Gold (60s to today), Capital XTRA (urban/dance/hip-hop/Rn B) and Classic FM (classical music).

Criticism is directed towards the following areas:

  • The presenters hardly talk and personality-laden presentation is not permitted. (many complaints were leveraged at Heart towards Tim Lichfield, Chris Skinner, Lucy Ellis for not being allowed to be "edgy" or even fun, just dry "that was, this is,", "this is Heart... more music variety" links.
  • The on-air playlist are too small and repetitive on both stations. (This leads to slogan change for Heart in 13 February 2017 to "Turn Up the Feel-Good" from "More Music Variety" as a listener complained that it was misleading in 2012.)
  • Fans wanted more of Lucy Ellis, Tim Lichfield and Richard Straffon on the network but they did not even get a show networked (on both Heart and Capital)
  • The heritage names disappeared (Invicta, Power FM, Red Dragon FM etc.) and listener loyalty sank like a stone. Criticism on social networking abounded, leading to Keep Circulating the Tapes of old radio airchecks and jingles.
  • The websites were found to be clunky and hard-to-use compared to the old First Media Works ones (stationname.fimc.net, aka http://www.yourstation.co.uk), with dull designs.
  • The stations didn't sound as good, as, say, the Lincs FM Group, or Jack FM.
  • The daytime shows were completely voicetracked outside London.
  • Fans started making their own parody pages of the sites (an Invictus FM site existed for a few weeks on a free web host, but the site owner pulled it for Copyright reasons).
  • Many jobs were lost - but not due to the economic climate, leading to many people being (not by choice) out of radio.
  • Lucy Ellis was considered to be the Ms. Fanservice of the group. But people were still fed-up that she didn't get enough promotion on a national scale (and now, incidentally, a campaign to get her on Radio 1 to replace the marmite Fearne Cotton is under way).
  • Locality and personality was lost - compare a presenter link from 2002-2006 and a link from now and you will see the difference.

Now, fans hope the good days of radio will return, with personality-laden, American-style, as it was in The '90s.

According to one radio forum (whose name shall not be mentioned), apparently they want to syndicate their Jamie Theakston & Harriet Scott (Jamie & Harriet) across the Heart network, but fans are not satisfied, to say the least.
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