Big City Network is the name
given to a network of Independent Local Radio stations
across Northern England, Scotland and Northern
Ireland all owned by Bauer
's acquisition of
there has been gradual brand integration such as a standard logo
and websites. Emap's consumer assets were subsequently sold to
Bauer Media Group
Many of the former Scottish
stations were added to the Big City Network on
28 September 2006, branded as Big City Network Scotland and
, although all stations kept their original
logos, with the exception of CFM. West Sound is the only AM station
in the network but it does not carry any of the networked
programming carried by the FM stations.
Most stations in the network have a charity called "Cash for Kids"
helping local disadvantaged children. Hallam
in Sheffield's charity was formally know as 'Help A Hallam
Child' before changing its name to match the other network
stations. The news for the stations' websites is provided by
Bic City's main rival network are Global
's Heart Network
stations) and The Hit Music
(serving seven stations) in Wales, the English Midlands
and Southern England. Both Global networks play a differing music
format to that of Big City and in most cases, incorporate a greater
reliance on networked programming.
All English stations within the Big City Network share the pink
splash in their logo as well as the pink and black colour scheme
The Hits Radio
Though not directly within the "Big City Network", The Hits Radio
broadcasts from Manchester and
is built up from many of the shows from Northern England stations,
consisting of voicetracked output from various station presenters
as well live networked programming such as In:Demand
The Big Top 40 Show
The Hits is available on DAB Digital
in London and across the UK via Freeview
, Sky Digital
and Virgin Media
The Big City Network in northern England carries networked
programming on weekday evenings and overnights.
- In:Demand with Alex and Lucy (Weeknights 7-10pm)
- AfterHours (Overnights, 1-6am on most stations, 2-6am
on Radio City 96.7, 2-5am Metro Radio - Monday-Saturday only)
- JK and Joel's Saturday Night
Thing (Saturdays 6-10pm, not aired on Radio City)
- The Love Confessional with Becky Hayes (Friday 10pm -
1am, aired on Radio Aire and Hallam FM)
In addition, Late 'n' Live
is broadcast from Sunday to
Thursday night between 10pm and 1am although Radio City, Metro
Radio, Key 103 and TFM Radio continue to air locally produced
programming at these times.
are produced and
broadcast live from Key 103
JK and Joel's Saturday Night
is a voicetracked production from Radio Aire
in Leeds and Late 'n' Live
produced from London.
With the exception of AfterHours
on Sundays, The Hits Radio
also airs the same networked
programming. "Late 'n Live"
and "JK & Joel's
Saturday Night Thing"
are not simulcast on The Hits and are
instead simulcast digitally on Heat
Big City Network stations in Scotland carry networked programming
on weekday evenings, originating from the studios of Clyde 1
- In Demand with Romeo (Weekdays 7-10pm)
- Late Night with Gina McKie (Sunday - Thursday
- Friday Night Floorfillers with Krystle (Friday
- Saturday Night with Krystle (Saturday 10pm-1am)
- Overnights with Adrian Coll (Mo-Th) or Kevin Cameron
The two Northern Ireland stations, Cool FM
and Downtown Radio
locally-produced programming during the evening.
The networked chart show, The Big Top 40 Show With Rich and
, is also broadcast across all Big City Network stations on
Sundays from 4-7pm, produced by Global Radio in London.