An online radio station targeting Redcar and Cleveland has closed after being turned down for an FM licence by Ofcom.
Palace FM was ‘broadcasting’ online for a year after submitting its application for a five year community radio licence but closed yesterday, six months after rival community station Zetland FM was awarded a licence.
Dee, an executive director at Palace FM wrote on the station’s Facebook page yesterday: “It is with the deepest regret that I announce the closure of Palace Fm. We will cease broadcasting on 29/04/14, exactly one year on from our launch. I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who has been involved with the station in whichever capacity. Thanks also to all our listeners and for the support and community spirit shown to us since we began. Thanks also to all of our guests, sponsors and those who have advertised with us.
“We have been pioneers for community radio within the Redcar & Cleveland area and have clearly paved the way and shown how accessible community radio can be, for another community radio station who won the FM licence last October, Zetland Fm who will launch sometime in the future. We now pass on the baton to them to provide what I’m sure will be a great service for this area too.
“Once again, many thanks to one and all for staying with us through some wonderful times. I have loved every moment.”