Greatest Hits Radio Ipswich & Suffolk

  (Redirected from Ipswich 102)

Greatest Hits Radio Ipswich & Suffolk is an Independent Local radio station owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Greatest Hits Radio network . It broadcasts to Suffolk and forms part of Greatest Hits Radio East.

Greatest Hits Radio Ipswich & Suffolk
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CityIpswich
Broadcast areaIpswich & Suffolk
FrequencyFM:102 MHz
DAB: 10C
RDS: GRT_HITS
BrandingGreatest Hits Radio
SloganThe Good Times Sound Like This

Across Ipswich & Suffolk
Programming
FormatClassic Hits
NetworkGreatest Hits Radio East
(Greatest Hits Radio)
Ownership
OwnerNation Broadcasting
OperatorBauer Radio
Hits Radio Suffolk
History
First air date
1 August 2018 (2018-08-01) (as Ipswich 102)
Links
WebsiteGHR Ipswich & Suffolk

The licence for the area had previously been held by Town 102 but Ofcom awarded the licence to Ipswich 102.[1] This had been the first time in its history that Ofcom had not awarded a re-advertised licence to the incumbent broadcaster. Ofcom said that it regarded the station's multiplex holdings as reason why the new operator would be able to support the station: "Ipswich FM’s commitment to broadcasting on the Suffolk DAB multiplex means it would have access to a greater number of potential listeners than the incumbent licensee, which does not, and did not indicate any plans to, broadcast on DAB."[2] The launch of the station was led by Paul Morris, formerly a presenter on SGR-FM and until 2017 the programme director for Town 102, the station Ipswich 102 replaced.

On 15 October 2020, joint shareholders Nation Broadcasting and Bauer Media announced that the station had agreed a brand licence to rebrand Ipswich 102 to Greatest Hits Radio to join the East of England network from November 2020. The station will take the local drivetime programme that is currently broadcast on the existing neighbouring network stations, with all other programming being networked from Liverpool & Manchester.

Town 102 became Hits Radio Suffolk on 3 November 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ofcom awards the Ipswich commercial radio licence to Ipswich FM".
  2. ^ "Ipswich Commercial Radio Award" (PDF).

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