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Heart Colchester Radio

Heart Colchester Radio
Turn Up The Feel-Good

96.1 FM, DAB

Commercial Radio | 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s, Pop, Dance, R&B, Hot AC

Location: Colchester, Essex





Heart Colchester Radio (referred to on-air as "Heart") is part of a national radio network made up of many local out-puts. It's core audience is 25-60 year-olds, who either work or stay-at-home, normally women.

In 2010, and again in 2019, the network was critically simplified, meaning less local programming for the previously-33 Heart-branded radio stations. As of 2019, due to relaxation of local content obligations by OFCOM (UK media regulator), Heart has just five regional variations in England and a single national breakfast show. Many previous radio presenters of Heart and of the local radio stations it bought out, lost their jobs. It was clearly a money-saving exercise. Now, the only local features are a regional drive-time show and local news headlines, travel and weather.

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It's target audience is definitely for people who are busy and want something playing in the background. You can't listen to Heart all day for a purpose. It does well in representing this demographic - most participants of phone-ins and competitions are either at work, getting ready for a school run or with the family. The music that's played on Heart is middle-of-the-road non-offensive, which is great, but there are so few songs on the playlist so you do get a sense of de ja vu if listened to for too long. There is no real substance to the programming - just music and a competition - but, if you have this playing in the background, do you want any more?!

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