Shake-up sees end of Heart Breakfast with Matt & Michelle

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FANS of a popular breakfast radio programme will soon have a new wake-up call after station bosses announced a radical shake-up.

Heart Radio currently broadcasts Matt & Michelle between 6am and 10am every weekday, but parent company Global Radio announced today that all its Heart radio stations in England, Scotland and Wales will have a national breakfast show.

The exact date of the change has yet to be announced, but sister stations under the Capital Radio brand will start having a national breakfast show from April 8.

And there will also be changes to the drivetime show.

Earlier this year, Ofcom approved plans to allow Capital, Heart and Smooth radio stations to merge areas along the lines of the ITV regions.

As a result, instead of the existing 23 drivetime programmes, Heart will now have just 10.

And at the weekends, all programming will now be national.

It is thought that nationally, 100 people will be at risk of redundancy include Matt & Michelle’s presenters Matt Jarvis and Michelle Jordan. Also affected will be Mark Watson’s Saturday breakfast show and Warren Hayden’s Sunday afternoon show. It is not yet known what the plans are for Luke Smith’s Drivetime slot.

The announcement brings to an end the final days of what was once Radio 210, which launched in the Thames Valley back in March 1976. DJs on the station included Steve Wright and Mike Read. Although initially a Reading-based station, it became a Berkshire station in 1987.

According to industry website Radio Today.co.uk. under the changes announced today, the Calcot offices will remain open but be non-broadcast.

Although the new shows will be national or pan-regional, Global is promising to retain local news and travel information, which it broadcasts between 6am and 7pm on weekdays and 6am and noon at weekends.

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mark burch
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mark burch

well I wont be listening now they have lost one listener in me

Sue Hodder
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Sue Hodder

Absolutely gutted! I looked forward to hearing Matt and Michelle every morning. They were funny and real people. I will not listen to Amanda Holden in the mornings!!! I will be looking for a new radio station to listen to on my journey to work!

Susan
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Susan

Can’t believe this, I love how Matt & Michelle bounce off each other, I look forward to the show every morning. My mornings will not be the same.

Maria E
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Maria E

I’m gutted and sad to hear this Matt and Michelle are the best pair I’ve always listened every morning. I’m am so sad I want Matt and Michelle back please.

Lou
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Lou

Absolutely gutted Heart have taken Matt and Michelle off air. They are brilliant……….time to find a new radio station.

Lesley
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Lesley

I’ll shall miss Matt and michelle l listen to them every morning laughing my head off in the car. Time for another channel unless you put stephen mullhern on at breakfast.

Sarah Barton
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Sarah Barton

I’ve been listening to heart radio for over 20 years Matt and Michelle are so funny and deserve to stay I can’t imagine driving to work without listening to them in the morning I’m I’m going to have to find a new radio channel. All I can say is in a few months time you will regret your decision.

Fiona Ford
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Fiona Ford

Gutted to hear this back to my music selection for the mornings now. The only reason I turn the radio on is to listen to them in the morning. Thanks for everything Matt and Michelle gutted for you!

Julia Booth
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Julia Booth

There are only two reasons I listen to Heart and they are Matt & Michelle and the local traffic news. When they go I’ll be changing to Breeze. So sad.

Angela
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Angela

Big mistake loosing Matt and Michelle there the only reason I listen you will loose listeners big names don’t always mean the best ratings ☹️