The first possible redundancies as a result of Emap's sale to German publishers H Bauer are about to occurr, but Radio Today can exclusively reveal they are not at Emap, but Global Radio's digital-only station The Arrow.
Radio Today has learnt that the group planned to replace Kerrang! 105.2 with The Arrow format had they been successful in their bid for Emap's station, but a spokeman has denied the link.
But just hours after the sale of Emap to H Bauer was confirmed on Friday, managers at Global's Birmingham HQ were told that staff positions at The Arrow were in danger of being made redundant. Freelance presenters were contacted and told their services may no longer be required in the near-future.
"If the two are not related, this is just a case of bad timing at Global," one industry insider said this morning.
Despite numerous attempts by previous owners Chrysalis over the past three years, the classic rock format failed to win an FM license.
This morning a spokesperson for Global confirmed the 'label' will continue but three people are in discussions about being made redundant. The Arrow will continue on digital platforms without live presenters.