The new TFM will launch on Monday with all programming originating from Metro Radio in Newcastle including Steve and Karen at breakfast.
Bauer Media confirms all programmes on Metro Radio will be on TFM, Steve and Karen at Breakfast, Brian Moore on mid-mornings and Stu Elmore on 3pm till 7pm, but with split adverts and news. The stations already shared off-peak programming prior to today.
Offices in Stockton will close with remaining staff moving further north from Monday. The TFM Radio name, and all on and off air branding, will be retained, as will TFM’s local news and information.
The two stations are in the same “Approved Area” of the North East, so permission to merge them can be given without consultation.
Cath Ellington, Regional Managing Director – Bauer North East & Magic Network North said: “These changes mean TFM will be even better resourced whilst at the same time retain its local connections and appeal to listeners and advertisers.
“TFM is a much-loved radio station on Teesside and we are confident this move means it will benefit from even greater creativity, improved content and allow the station to further grow its audience share across the region. We want to say thank you to all TFM staff who have worked hard for the station in recent years.”
Rival station Star Radio has updated its own Facebook header saying goodbye to TFM and for current listeners to re-tune. Breakfast presenter Robin Banks is planning an on-air farewell party on Monday morning.
Star itself of course is the result of three stations merging in the past – Minster Northallerton, Durham FM and Alpha 103.2.
An Ofcom statement on the Format, which currently says TFM has to provide at least seven hours a day of local programming, should be out on Tuesday.