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26 February 2010, 11:05
Heart's news team provides breaking news and need to know information for nearly 300 thousand listeners every week across Sussex.
We produce 10 bulletins every weekday - a mix of International, National and Local news, plus Showbiz, and Travel. Want to get in touch with us? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
What sort of news do we broadcast?
We know that Heart listeners lead busy lives, so we provide fast paced bulletins offering local, national and global breaking stories. We aim to broadcast stories that are relevant to the way you lead your life, so you'll hear plenty of lifestyle stories, 'watercooler' stories (the ones you'll be talking about at work or down the pub) and of course we talk about your area. That's what makes us different!
Where do we broadcast from?
Our local news bulletins are broadcast from the Heart Studios in Portslade
Where do we get our news from?
Our first point of contact for the news stories that matter to Sussex are the newsmakers themselves, the three emergency services, press officers, business leaders, local authorities, health trusts and of course you.
Over the years we've built up a database containing hundreds of key contacts, ranging from local celebrities through health professionals, transport operators and numerous campaign groups.
On top of that - we use all of the following on a daily basis:-
Ourselves - Seven days a week the Heart news team are constantly chasing the news that matters, networking with our contacts to find out what's happening.
Network News Centre - We work with Global Radio journalists across the country and with our colleagues at LBC and Classic FM in London
IRN - Calling on the world wide resources of Sky News guarantees that we cover those major international and national stories.
What happens if I am invited to appear on Heart news?
If you listen to Heart, you'll know our bulletins contain two or three short pieces of audio, so if we ask to speak to you, the interview will be recorded and edited into small soundbites. We don't run full interviews, or put people live on air in our bulletins (programmes sometimes do but that is very rare and you would be fully briefed beforehand.)
An interview could be conducted in 4 ways; face to face and digitally recorded onto a mini disc, via a high quality ISDN line (some companies and agencies have their own studios), over the phone, or we might arrange for you to visit our studio.
Hopefully, being interviewed by Heart should be a relaxed, stress free experience. At least you know you won't find yourself being grilled live on air by a hostile interviewer!
Tim Humphrey is our News Editor; he's been broadcasting news to Sussex for more than twenty years and has interviewed virtually every politician, sports star and newsmaker in the county in that time
Rob Gillett is our Breakfast Editor; he first arrived at Heart on a placement from his journalism course based at the University of Sussex, and joined the team soon after
Richard Lindfield edits our weekend bulletins; Richard is probably the most experienced radio journalist in Sussex with a history that goes back to reporting on the Brighton bomb in 1984 and the Great Storm of 1987
Heart breakfast bulletins are broadcast every half hour between 6 & 9am, at Drive they are at 4,5 & 6pm; We also bring you a summary of the main stories from our network centre every hour between 10am & 3pm