Capital North East

Capital North East is a regional radio station owned and operated by Global as part of the Capital network. It broadcasts to North East England from studios in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Capital North East
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CityNewcastle upon Tyne
Broadcast areaNorth East England
Branding105–106 Capital FM
SloganThe North East's No.1 Hit Music Station
FormatContemporary hit radio
OwnerGlobal Radio
First air date
  • 1 June 1999 (1999-06-01) (as Galaxy 105–106)
  • 3 January 2011 (as 105–106 Capital FM)
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The station launched on 1 June 1999 as Galaxy 105–106, renamed in 2006 as Galaxy North East and rebranded on 3 January 2011 as Capital North East.


Galaxy North EastEdit

Originally called Galaxy 105–106, presenter Steve Furnell launched the station on 1 June 1999—with "What You Need", by Powerhouse, being the first record played.

The station was based in Wallsend, North Tyneside at the Silverlink Business Park, 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Newcastle City Centre.

The name was changed to Galaxy North East in 2006, in line with other Galaxy stations. This year also saw a change in demographic from 15–29 to 15–34 and a new strapline of "Passion for Music, Passion for Life". Two years later, the slogan was changed to "Love Music". In 2008, they also changed their output format to include a more mainstream playlist. During late 2010, the slogan changed to The North East's No.1 Hit Music Station.

Networked programming was broadcast from Galaxy Yorkshire in Leeds.

Capital North EastEdit

The station was rebranded as 105–106 Capital FM on 3 January 2011, as part of a merger of Global's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-stations of Capital.[1] Steve Furnell and Karen Wight remained on breakfast with[2] Roger 'Bodg' Howard on drive time.

Kim Miljus was appointed managing director of Capital North East, replacing Matt Bashford, she was the former station director of Metro Radio.[3] Giles Eyre-Tanner became the station's programme controller on 5 October 2011, replacing Stuart Barrie.[4]

Long-serving Capital Breakfast presenters Steve Furnell and Karen Wight left Capital North East to join rival station Metro Radio. Capital Drivetime presenter Roger "Bodg" Howard, producer Matt Bailey and Take Me Out contestant JoJo Hatfield took over from the duo on 3 January 2012.[5][6][7] 2010 Student Radio Awards winner[8] Rob Howard joined the station and presented Capital Drivetime for three years.[9] From 30 November 2015 Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt replaced Hatfield for a year.[citation needed] On 19 June 2017, former Miss Newcastle winner Hannah Gray took over from Moffatt.[10]

In May 2015, Capital North East moved to new studios at new studios at Wellbar Central in Newcastle city centre,[11] shared with sister station Heart North East and Communicorp-owned Smooth North East.

On 26 February 2019, Global stated the station's local Capital Breakfast and weekend shows would be replaced with networked programming from 8 April 2019. The weekday local Capital Drivetime show was retained, alongside news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising.[12] "Bodg", Matt Bailey and Hannah Gray left the station whilst Martin Lowes remains.


Capital North East broadcasts on 105.3 MHz at a power of 10 kW from the Burnhope Transmitter, on 105.6 MHz at a power of 0.5 kW from the Fenham Transmitter for West Newcastle, 105.8 MHz at 0.1 kW from the Newton Transmitter for the Hexham area and on 106.4 MHz at 8.9 kW from the Bilsdale Transmitter for Teesside although coverage unintentionally extends much further.


All networked programming originates from Global's London headquarters, including Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp.

Local programming is produced and broadcast from Global's Newcastle studios from 4-7pm on weekdays,[13] presented by Martin Lowes.


Global's Newsroom broadcasts hourly regional news updates from 6am-7pm on weekdays and 6am-12pm at weekends with headlines on the hour during Capital Breakfast on weekdays. The Newcastle newsroom also produces regional news bulletins for Heart North East and Smooth North East.[13]

Notable former presentersEdit


  1. ^ McCabe, Maisie (13 September 2010). "Global Radio takes Capital national". Campaign. London: Haymarket Business Media. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ Bringing Capital to the North East Evening Chronicle, 4 January 2011
  3. ^ "New MD for Capital Northeast". Radio Today. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Giles Eyre-Tanner is new PC at Capital NE". Radio Today. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  5. ^ Jacob, Jonathan (2 January 2012). "Capital FM's new ad for 2012". Earshot Creative. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012.
  6. ^ "New breakfast show at Capital North East". Radio Today. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  7. ^ "New presenters relish a Capital opportunity". The Journal. Trinity Mirror. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  8. ^ Best Male Presenter Archived 5 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine The Student Radio Awards
  9. ^ Game is up as appeal raises £5k Archived 23 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine News Guardian, 23 February 2012
  10. ^ Duke, Simon (20 June 2017). "Capital North East's new breakfast presenter and ex Miss Newcastle Hannah Gray hits the airwaves". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Global moves to new studios in the North East". Radio Today. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  12. ^ Martin, Roy (11 March 2019). "Roman Kemp, Vick Hope and Sonny Jay to go national on Capital". Radio Today. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  13. ^ a b Capital FM - North East public file

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 55°00′56″N 1°28′09″W / 55.0155°N 1.4692°W / 55.0155; -1.4692