'This is a hugely exciting time': Capital unveils new schedule for 2019

'This is a hugely exciting time': Capital unveils new schedule for 2019

Capital has unveiled a brand new schedule to start 2019.

Launching Monday January 7, the new week day line-up will see a host of new shows rolled out across the network, beginning at early breakfast with Lauren Layfield, best known for hosting CBBC's The Dengineers, who joins the station to host the 4am-6am network show. 

After two-and-a-half years hosting the Capital London Drive show, Will Manning takes on the 10am-1pm mid-morning show and also becomes the new host of The Official Big Top 40, the UK’s biggest chart show with 2.1 million listeners, from Sunday, January 6. The chart show will relaunch exclusively, every Sunday, on both the Capital and Heart networks in the New Year.   

Elsewhere, rising star Aimee Vivian will present a new 1pm-4pm afternoon show every week day, as well as her Sunday morning show from 6am-9am, while Ant Payne becomes the brand-new host of Capital London Drivee from 4pm-7pm.

From 7pm, Capital launches the new Capital Evening Show with Jimmy Hill across the network from 7pm-10pm (Monday to Thursday), including artist interviews and content, games, chart rundowns including the hot 7@7 with Apple Music, and general youth orientated content, as well as being packed with hit music.

Marvin Humes continues on the Capital Late Show (Monday – Thursday from 10pm – 1am) and Will Cozens will host 1am-4am, Monday to Wednesday (as well as Sunday afternoons, noon-4pm). JJ will host 1am-4am on Thursdays and Fridays, and is also the face of early Friday and Saturday nights on Capital, kick-starting the Capital Weekender. He also presents a new Sunday night show (7pm-10pm) on the network.

Elsewhere on Capital’s weekend line-up, The Bassman takes over Saturday mornings from 6am-9am as well as hosting Sunday mornings 9am-noon, Rob Howard presents 9am-noon on Saturdays and Jimmy Hill will host a new Saturday afternoon show between 4pm-7pm. Niall Gray presents Sunday nights from 10pm-1am.

Greg Hughes, deputy managing editor for the Capital network, said: “I’m delighted to roll out this really exciting new schedule at Capital across the UK.  An all-new, daytime, line up and an exciting new evening show, add to our already market leading breakfast show.  I can’t wait to get the fresh sound of Capital on air in January.” 

Richard Park, group executive director and director of broadcasting at Global, said: “Today we announced a brand-new schedule for Capital, as we look forward to another fantastic year on the UK’s no.1 hit music station. I’m particularly delighted to see some superb new presenter talent shining through as we welcome Lauren Layfield and Rio Fredrika to Capital. This is a hugely exciting time for the station as we enter 2019 with a new schedule across the network and indeed in London, where we have the no.1 commercial breakfast show with Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp.”

Ashley Tabor OBE, founder and executive president of Global, added: “This new Capital schedule is particularly exciting.  It’s fantastic to see fresh new talent moving up the card at Capital, giving the station new, appointment-to-listen shows in each key daypart. I’m also excited to give the Official Big Top 40 Chart, the biggest and most listened chart show, a new feel for 2019.” 

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