Christian radio station Premier Christian Radio has opened its first regional centre to work with churches and local organisations in the North East.
Based in Newcastle, the station say it is the first of many planned across the UK to meet the needs of audiences who are ‘enthusiastic for programmes dealing with Christian issues’.
The group is putting in a dedicated Church Relations Co-ordinator as well as a Director of Regional Support to work with local groups and cover things going on in the Christian faith across the North East of England.
The station’s owners, Premier Christian Media Trust, have Peter Kerridge as their CEO. He was born in Gateshead and started his broadcasting career with Metro Radio. He said: “Premier Christian Radio is a national station, and we want to reflect this by being more accessible to regions across the UK in a way that cannot be done from just a London base. There are churches in the North East doing some fantastic things in their communities. Premier hopes its presence will help to both support and promote this, and ultimately enhance Church growth in the region.”
The station broadcasts nationally on DAB and Freeview and also has a medium wave licence in London. Its parent company also owns magazines ‘Christianity’ and ‘Youthwork’.
Sylvia Walters has been appointed Director of Regional Support North East. She said: “I am delighted Premier has chosen the North East as its first regional centre and that I have a God sent opportunity to work with people of all Christian denominations to make a real impact; this job really does tick all the boxes for me.”
Steven Bowring, Church Relations Co-ordinator added: “We consider it a privilege to serve the Churches and the wider community of the North East as a central point of contact. It’s all about making the name of Jesus Christ famous in our region and that means working together with the Churches to see a passionate place with passionate people – passionate about God.”