Southampton station Radio Hampshire closed at 2pm today (Thursday). The station, previously known as The Saint and South City FM, was owned by Southampton Leisure Holdings but was sold following relegation.
Staff at the station were told – [link=Http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/4403468.Radio_Hampshire_shut_down/]according[/link] to the Southern Daily Echo – that the company had been shut down and would cease broadcasting immediately.
A message posted on the station's website said: "Without any prior warning to our listeners and to our advertisers Radio Hampshire was forced to switch off on 107.2 & 107.8. Sadly none of the presenters were able to say good bye and thank you to everyone for listening."
It continued: "The station is now been handed over to the administrators". The site has now been closed and re-directs to a holding page.
Though the station still appeared to be broadcasting this afternoon, Radio Today’s calls to the studio were left unanswered. Radio Hampshire bought up Winchester's Dream 107.2 in November 2008 as part of a joint venture between local radio groups Town and Country Broadcasting and Tindle Radio.
It’s the second station to close today following the news that Focal Radio ceased by at lunchtime.