|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Frequency||MW: 828 – 1584 kHz|
FM: 96.3 – 107.9 MHz
|Slogan||The Good Times Sound Like This|
The Greatest Hits For *TSA*
|Format||Classic hits and specialist music|
|Country Hits Radio|
Hits Radio Pride
First air date
|5 January 2015 as Bauer City 2|
7 January 2019 as Greatest Hits Radio
The network launched on 5 January 2015 as the "Bauer City 2 Network", and rebranded on 7 January 2019. As of 1 September 2020, the network consists of 44 local radio stations in England and Scotland, as well as a national DAB station in areas not served by a local Bauer-owned station.
The stations are mostly fully networked, apart from a three-hour weekday teatime show and local news and travel updates and localised commercials.
The stations forming the Greatest Hits Radio network are predominantly sister stations to the corresponding Hits Radio network stations. Many were originally set up as a 'Gold' counterpart (e.g. Radio City Gold in Liverpool) when stations were instructed by the Independent Broadcasting Authority to cease simulcasting their services on both FM and AM in the late 1980s. The main exception to this was FM station West Sound in Dumfries and Galloway.
Greatest Hits Radio (Scotland) and Magic (Northern England)
In Scotland, local programming on AM stations was largely retained until networking outside of weekday breakfast and specialist shows was introduced in June 2009.
The Magic stations gradually began to form a network merging most of their schedule until, and by March 2013, only local content consisted of three regional breakfast shows on weekdays, serving the North West, the North East and Yorkshire.
In July 2013, the remaining Scottish local output was axed, leading to a fully networked schedule known as 'Greatest Hits Network.
Greatest Hits Radio (Scotland) and Radio City 2 (Northern England)
In September 2014, Bauer Radio announced it would rebrand the Magic stations under localised identities, based on the main FM station names (e.g. Magic 1152 in Manchester becomes Key 2, based on Key 103). Magic's AM network closed with the London equivalent, Magic 105.4 FM, launched nationwide on DAB.
The relaunch took place on Monday 5 January 2015. Initially, the two networks serving Scotland (The Greatest Hits Network) and northern England (City 2 Network) were replaced by one carrying programming from both nations over all stations, with some peak time opt-outs. Further split programming for the two nations was reintroduced the following year.
In April 2018, Northsound 2 ceased analogue broadcasting on 1035 AM, becoming the first commercial radio station in Scotland – and the first local Bauer-owned station – to broadcast only on digital platforms (DAB and online).
Greatest Hits Radio (National)
On 7 January 2019, Greatest Hits Radio replaced the Bauer City 2 branding due to the success of Radio City 2 in Liverpool. Local station identities in Northern England took on Greatest Hits Radio branded names and Scottish stations retaining their local brands.
Greatest Hits Radio also became available on FM (having previously being only a Medium Wave/AM network) but only across the West Midlands and Greatest Hits Radio UK began broadcasting across most of the UK on DAB (Digital Radio) using various local multiplexes.
In May 2020, Bauer announced 48 local radio stations in England and South West Wales will rebrand and join the Greatest Hits Radio network, following the acquisition of licences from UKRD, Wireless Group, Lincs FM Group and Celador.
Most of the stations have been merged and carry networked output, alongside a regional Drivetime show on weekdays and localised news, travel and advertising.
On 13 July 2020, the former Wireless Group and Celador-owned stations joined the Greatest Hits Radio network. The nineteen stations carried local breakfast shows and voicetracked programming whilst retaining separate branding until the full relaunch on 1 September 2020.
On 15 October 2020, it was announced that the Suffolk station Ipswich 102, part-owned by Bauer through their purchase of Lincs FM Group, would take the GHR brand and network programming, including the East region drivetime show, from November, with the former Town 102 on DAB, which had carried GHR East since the September network relaunch, being replaced by Hits Radio.
On 22 October 2020, it was reported the Oldham and Rochdale station Revolution 96.2 had been sold to Bauer for conversion into GHR, joining the Manchester AM and Bolton/Bury FM licenses in the GHR North West network.
In February 2021, Bauer applied to Ofcom for permission to alter the FM licence held by the London FM relay of Absolute Radio, enabling the frequency to be used to provide a London variant of GHR. Absolute Radio would continue to be available by way of its national AM and digital transmissions.
- GHR Midlands
- GHR London (DAB only)
- GHR North West
- Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
- Dumfries and Galloway
- Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife
- Glasgow and West of Scotland
- Scottish Highlands, Moray and Orkney
- GHR South
- GHR South Coast (franchise under Nation Broadcasting)
- GHR South West
- GHR Hull & East Yorkshire (franchise under Nation Broadcasting)
- GHR Yorkshire
Daytime programming for England originates from Bauer's Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester studios, plus their Golden Square headquarters in Soho. In Scotland, it originates from Bauer's Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow studios. In Wales, it originates from Bauer’s Swansea studios.
Each local station has its own latest local news, weather and travel news updates.
Off-peak time programming airs across all Greatest Hits Radio stations in England, Scotland and Wales from the Birmingham, Nottingham, London and Manchester studios.
There are some opt-outs and variations:
- In South West Wales, most of GHR's schedule consists of local programming - including daily breakfast shows, daytime and evening output on weekdays and a Welsh language late show on Sunday - Friday nights.
- In the East, Midlands, North West, South, South West and Yorkshire, regional drivetime shows air each weekday from 4-7pm. The regional programme will move to afternoons on 15 March 2021 when Simon Mayo joins to present the drivetime show which becomes a national programme across all Greatest Hits stations.
- In Hull & East Yorkshire and the South Coast, local drivetime shows air each weekday from 4-7pm.
- In the North East and Teesside, Night Owls, a weekly late-night talk show presented by Alan Robson, airs from 10pm-2am each Sunday.
Bauer's newsrooms across the UK air news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside traffic bulletins.
At weekends, bespoke networked news bulletins air during the afternoon produced by the Bauer newsroom in Glasgow for Scotland and usually either Leeds or Manchester for England and Wales. At all other times, mainly evening and overnight, hourly national bulletins originate from Sky News Radio.
- Schedule released for Bauer City 2 stations Archived 22 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine, RadioToday, 19 December 2014
- New Greatest Hits Radio network confirmed for 2019
- Magic AM starts networking at breakfast, RadioToday, 15 February 2013
- Galloway goes national at Bauer Scotland, RadioToday, 3 June 2013
- Major brand swap for Bauer's local stations, RadioToday, 28 September 2014
- Simon Ross moves to Radio City 2 Breakfast, RadioToday, 30 November 2015
- Date set for Radio City 2 and 3 frequency swap, RadioToday, 16 November 2015
- Northsound 2 to switch off AM radio service, Radio Today, 8 March 2018
- BAUER MEDIA TO LAUNCH THE GREATEST HITS RADIO NETWORK Bauer Media, 15 November 2018
- Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radio network Radio Today, 15 November 2018
- most-of-acquired-bauer-stations-to-become-greatest-hits-radio/ Most of acquired Bauer stations to become Greatest Hits Radio Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 27 May 2020
- Bauer starts to roll out Hits and Greatest Hits to new radio stations Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 9 July 2020
-  Radio Aire to become Greatest Hits Radio, Radio Today, 16 July 2020
-  Bauer buys Radio Plymouth to extend GHR network, Radio Today, 17th of September 2020
- RadioToday, 2020-10-15
- RadioToday, 2020-10-22
- "Bauer plans to replace Absolute Radio in London with GHR", RadioToday.co.uk, Feb 2021
- "Simon Mayo to host Drive on Greatest Hits Radio". 1 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.