Johnny Beerling joins community radio bid
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Johnny Beerling joins community radio bid

Former BBC Radio 1 controller Johnny Beerling is chairing a bid by Radio Skipton to win a community radio licence.

He’s joined up with Revolution programme controller John Evington to apply for a licence, aiming to provide the Yorkshire town with a local station.

Skipton was home to Yorkshire Dales Radio, aka Fresh Radio, which was recently sold to UKRD and re-branded as Stray FM and moved to Harrogate.

John Evington told the Craven Herald: “Rather than ‘talk at’ its community, the intention is that Radio Skipton will become a central part of it.

“This means creating direct links with our listeners, offering training opportunities and making sure that members of the community can take an active part in how the station is run.”

A board of trustees will oversee the running of the station with Johnny Beerling, who lives in the area, as its chairman.

Johnny Beerling: “Apart from reflecting local news and events we will embrace local sporting clubs, schools, youth activities, churches of all faiths, hobbies, societies and so on. In fact it is our intention that everything that’s happening in Skipton will be reflected on the airwaves.”

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  1. Ron

    Johnny – don’t get involved – it’s a hiding to nothing. Your proposal sounds good for the Ofcom application – but listeners will be hard to find and volunteers will play their own favourites, regardless of target guidance. Stray FM will probably prevent you taking any advertising and grants for radio are thin on the ground. Start an internet station – it’s a lot less hassle.

    1. Ventnor_Neil

      The advantage of a Community Station is that it lends itself to a much wider range of programming than a normal station. Focusing on minority listeners’ interests can be rewarding and is good for obtaining Council funding etc. Not forgetting live Council Meeting debates!

      The main problems with Volunteers are discipline on programme content guidelines, quality control and not forgetting responsibility for attending the station for transmission. Tomorrow, they might be miffed and chuck in the towel.

      An advantage would be to access computer playout machines, using Zarasoft for example, via broadband, so that programmes could be assembled at home.

      Further volunteer problems occur in transmitter faults and going off-air. Ofcom take no prisoners when faults occur and enjoy taking the failure of local news material, as agreed on the licence condition, irrespective of any transmitter problems, seriously.

      Community Station, Angel Radio on the Isle of Wight might be a good source of experience and advice?


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