Logo used since 2018
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
10D (Humberside, Teesside)
11C (Glasgow, Manchester, South Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear)
12A (Lancashire, Swansea)
12D (Edinburgh, Leeds)
Sky (UK only): 0188
|Branding||Across The UK|
|Slogan||The Biggest Hits, The Biggest Throwbacks|
|Greatest Hits Radio UK|
First air date
|1 April 2003|
(as The Hits)
|The Hits Radio|
|Website||Hits Radio UK|
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.
Hits Radio UK broadcasts on DAB in many parts of the UK, nationally on Freeview and Sky TV platforms and online. Due to Scott Clarke presenting the Evening Show on Fridays and Saturdays. The Station has 2 hours of Non-Stop Music in the mix to kick off the weekend. Hits Radio weekend airs 11pm-1am Fridays and Saturdays. The first show was on 27 October 2017.
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.
- Bauer to launch new national radio station Archived 19 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Bauer Media, 18 April 2018
- Key 103 to become Hits Radio as part of major rebrand, Prolific North, 18 April 2018
- Key 103 to rebrand as Hits Radio and go national, Radio Today, 19 April 2018
- Key 2 on AM and DAB rebrands as Key Radio, Radio Today, 4 June 2018