Lancashire community radio group Ribble FM has appointed five new board members to help launch and run the Ribble Valley’s new radio station.
Former BBC Radio Lancashire Assistant Editor Ben Thomson has joined the station, and will utilize his many years of experience at BBC Local Radio and the BBC Academy to train and support Ribble FM volunteers.
Ben was also managing editor at BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey, plus BBC Radio Stoke and is currently on secondment from his position as Assistant Editor at BBC Radio Lancashire.
Ben tells RadioToday: “I am absolutely delighted to be invited to be part of Ribble FM. Community radio has a vital part to play in bringing different voices together, sharing stories and being proud of the area in which we spend time in – whether that be at work, at home or at leisure. The Ribble Valley has a rich seam of great characters to meet and good tales to hear and in looking forward to help bring those to the airwaves as well as developing new talent – in front of and behind – the microphone.“
He joins local businesswoman Kath Lord-Green who has been appointed Station Manager, and former Smooth Radio Network Producer and Rossendale Radio founder, Tony Nixon, who is Programme Manager.
In addition, Gillian Derbyshire, owner of DSM Accountants in Whalley and John Houldsworth of Holdsworth Solicitors have joined the board as non-executive directors.
Roy Martin, founder and executive director adds: “Ben will bring a great deal of experience to the station and we’re lucky to have him on board. We’re currently putting all the plans in place to launch the station, awaiting our frequency and searching for a studio base, and look forward to announcing more details soon.”
The station is now actively searching for a studio and office location in Clitheroe and applying for community grants.