Capital Breakfast

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Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp
Running time240 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationCapital
TV adaptationsFreesat: 719
Freeview: 724
Sky: 0109
TalkTalk TV: 610
Virgin Media: 958
Hosted byRoman Kemp
Will Manning (cover)
StarringSiân Welby & Chris Stark
Produced byPaul Phelps
Recording studioLeicester Square, London
Original release1987 – present
Audio formatFM, digital radio and TV
WebsiteCapital Breakfast

Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp is a British national breakfast radio show on Capital. The show is broadcast from 6 am to 10 am each weekday.[1] From 7 January 2012 an additional live networked edition was broadcast from 6 am to 9 am each Saturday.

A national version of the programme began on 8 April 2019 forcing the local variations across the UK to be axed.[2] Those local versions were Dino, Pete & Tyles (Capital East Midlands), Jono & Emma (Capital South Coast), Adam & JoJo (Capital Yorkshire), Rob & Matilda (Capital Birmingham), Matt & Polly (Capital South Wales), Bodg, Matt & Hannah (Capital North East), The Rob Ellis Show (Capital Manchester), Des Clarke, Steven & Amy (Capital Scotland), Ben Sheppard (Capital North West and Wales), Adam, Gemma & Dylan (Capital Liverpool) and Dave and Miranda (Capital Brighton). Only Capital Cymru retained their own local shows.

Broadcast and production[edit]

As Capital London (channel listed as Capital FM) is simulcast on TV variants which are available on Freesat, Freeview, Sky, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media, Capital Breakfast is available throughout the UK. This variant is produced at their studios in Leicester Square, London.

On air team[edit]

The longest running presenter was Chris Tarrant, who presented the show from 1987 to 2004. Tarrant won the Sony Radio Academy Awards, Breakfast Show Gold in 1995 for this show. Previous Breakfast Show presenters from 1973 were David Symonds, Kenny Everett & Dave Cash, Everett on his own, Mike Smith and Graham Dene.

In April 2004, Johnny Vaughan replaced Tarrant, as the presenter of Capital Breakfast. In 2008, he was joined by Denise Van Outen and then Lisa Snowdon. Vaughan left the programme in November 2011 after being told that his contract was not being renewed, and was replaced with Dave Berry.[3]

In February 2011 it was reported the show remained London's most listened to commercial breakfast show with Capital London having more than one million listeners between 6 am and 10 am.[4]

In February 2016, following Lisa Snowdon's departure, It was announced that George Shelley and Lilah Parsons would join Dave Berry as co-presenters.[5]

In February 2017, It was announced that Dave Berry to leave Capital to host his own show on Absolute Radio.[6]

In April 2017, Dave Berry left Capital. Following that it was announced that George Shelley and Lilah Parsons would leave Capital Breakfast, a Capital spokesperson said they’ll appear elsewhere on the schedule.[7]

On 18 April 2017, it was announced that Roman Kemp would host the show alongside Vick Hope, a new presenter. They started on 2 May 2017. A year later Sonny Jay joined the show full-time. On 24 February 2020, it was announced that Hope had left Capital Breakfast to focus on new TV opportunities.[8]

It was announced that presenter Siân Welby would replace Hope, starting 23 March 2020.[9]

In 2022, It was announced that Chris Stark would join the team. His first show was on October 10, 2022.

On December 15, 2022, Sonny Jay announced that he would be leaving the show to present "The Capital Late Show” which was previously hosted by Marvin Humes. He began on January 3, 2023.

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  1. ^ Capital Breakfast at
  2. ^ "Roman Kemp, Vick Hope and Sonny Jay to go national on Capital". 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dave Berry to replace Johnny Vaughan on Capital breakfast show John Plunkett, Guardian, 1 December 2011
  4. ^ Breakfast: Capital stays up Archived 4 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Radio Today, 3 February 2011
  5. ^ "Listen to Capital: The UK's No.1 Hit Music Station".
  6. ^ "Dave Berry to leave Capital for Absolute Radio". 3 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "George Shelley & Lilah Parsons leave Capital Breakfast". 9 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Vick Hope announces Capital Breakfast Departure". RadioToday. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Sian Welby joins Roman and Sonny on Capital Breakfast". 20 March 2020.
  10. ^ Plunkett, John (11 January 2010). "Johnny Vaughan and Lisa Snowdon sign two-year Capital FM deal". The Guardian. London.
  11. ^ Deans, Jason (18 November 2011). "Johnny Vaughan in sudden Capital FM departure". The Guardian. London.
  12. ^ "Johnny Vaughan leaves Capital FM with immediate effect". RadioTimes.
  13. ^ "Vick Hope announces Capital Breakfast Departure". RadioToday. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Denise van Outen to become Capital Radio Breakfast Co-host". BBC News. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  15. ^ "Van Outen quits Capital Radio a half year early". Brand Republic. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.

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