Capital North East

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Capital North East
City Newcastle upon Tyne
Broadcast area North East England
Branding 105–106 Capital
Slogan The North East's No.1 Hit Music Station
Frequency FM:
105.3 MHz (Newcastle upon Tyne)
105.6 MHz (Fenham)
105.8 MHz (Hexham)
106.4 MHz (Teesside)
11B (Teesside)
11C (Tyne and Wear)[1]
RDS: Capital
First air date 1 June 1999
Format Contemporary hit radio
Owner Global
Sister stations Classic FM
Heart North East
Smooth North East
Website Capital North East

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

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 105–106 Capital.


Galaxy North East[edit]

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

The station was based in Wallsend, North Tyneside at the Silverlink Business Park, near the junction of the A1058 and the A19, 6 miles east of Newcastle City Centre.[2]

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". In 2008, their strapline was changed from "passion for music, passion for life" to "Love Music". In 2008, they also changed their output format to include a more mainstream playlist. It broadcasts on 105.3 at a power of 10KW from the Burnhope Transmitter, on 105.6 at a power of 0.5 kW from the Fenham Transmitter for West Newcastle, 105.8 at 0.1 kW from the Newton Transmitter for the Hexham area and on 106.4 at 8.9 kW from the Bilsdale Transmitter for Teesside although coverage unintentionally extends much further. During late 2010, the strapline changed to The North East's No.1 Hit Music Station.

Networked programming was broadcast from Galaxy Yorkshire in Leeds.

Capital North East[edit]

The station was rebranded as 105–106 Capital on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global Radio's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-stations of Capital.[3] Steve Furnell and Karen Wight remained on breakfast[4] 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.[5] Giles Eyre-Tanner became the station's programme controller on 5 October 2011, replacing Stuart Barrie.[6]

Long-serving weekday breakfast presenters Steve Furnell and Karen Wight left Capital North East to join rival station Metro Radio. Weekday drivetime presenter Roger 'Bodg' Howard, producer Matt Bailey and Take Me Out contestant JoJo Hatfield took over from the duo on 3 January 2012, subsequently in June 2017 JoJo who was due to give birth was replaced by former Miss Newcastle, Hannah Lee Gray.[7][8][9] Lee Sevenoaks was brought in as Breakfast Producer for the show. 2010 Student Radio Awards winner[10] Rob Howard joined the station and presented weekday drivetime for three years.[11]

In May 2015, Capital North East moved to new studios at new studios at Wellbar Central in Newcastle city centre,[12] shared with sister station Heart North East and Communicorp-owned Smooth North East.


Local programming is produced and broadcast from Capital's Newcastle studios from 6-10am and 4-7pm on weekdays and 12-4pm at weekends. All networked programming originates from Global Radio's London headquarters, including the syndicated Vodafone Big Top 40 on Sunday afternoons.[13]

The station's local presenters are Roger 'Bodg' Howard, Matt Bailey and Hannah Lee Gray (Capital Breakfast), Martin Lowes (weekday drivetime, Saturday afternoons) and Thomas Hannett (Sunday afternoons).


Capital North East 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.[14]

Notable former presenters[edit]


  1. ^ Capital North East Media UK
  2. ^ Viz
  3. ^ Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
  4. ^ Bringing Capital to the North East Evening Chronicle, 4 January 2011
  5. ^ New station MD for 105–106 Capital Archived 4 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Radio Today, 17 February 2011
  6. ^ Giles Eyre-Tanner is new PC at Capital North East Radio Today, 23 September 2011
  7. ^ Capital FM’s new ad for 2012 Archived 16 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Jonathan Jacob, Earshot Creative, 2 January 2012
  8. ^ New breakfast show at Capital North East Radio Today, 3 January 2012
  9. ^ New presenters relish a Capital opportunity Journal Live, 4 January 2012
  10. ^ Best Male Presenter Archived 5 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. The Student Radio Awards
  11. ^ Game is up as appeal raises £5k News Guardian, 23 February 2012
  12. ^ Global moves to new studios in the North East, Radio Today, 22 May 2015
  13. ^ Capital FM - North East public file
  14. ^ Capital FM - North East public file

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