Star Radio North East saved from closure

Star Radio North East owner UKRD has reached an agreement with View TV Group to transfer ownership of the radio station.

RadioToday revealed on Monday this week that the station would close within days, but in an interview, UKRD CEO William Rogers said he was open to offers to buy the station. This resulted in a number of people making contact to discuss the sale.

“We have been working incredibly hard over the last few days to try and make sure a sale took place which, as far as possible, secures the future of the station and those working there,” said William. “Both the teams from UKRD and View TV have burned the midnight oil to get this done and I’m delighted that a deal has been secured”.

A partnership between The View TV Group and radio operator and presenter, Darren Shortt, has been created to ensure the future of the radio station and they took control of the operations as of 31 st March. Darren currently works at Silk 106.9 in Cheshire and was most recently on Hi FM in Oman as breakfast presenter.

The new owners, Darren Shortt and Jamie Branson, have both expressed their delight at having the opportunity to run the operation and View TV Group Chairman, Jamie Branson, said that he was looking forward to working with the team to secure the station’s future. “It’s exciting times ahead for the existing team and the local area as we look forward to a successful future,” said Mr Branson.

Darren added, “We look forward to creating some amazing radio and bringing the area a fun and informative station the region can be very proud of”.

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 11:41 am by RadioToday

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4 Comments

  1. Simon says

    Perhaps they should look at splitting the station and bringing back Alpha, Durham and Minster Northallerton. They were so much better as a three

    1. Jock Name says

      Oh yes, that will solve the finacial problem won’t it? by increasing the operating cost by 3 times.

      Local is not the be-all and end-all except maybe in a little shop just outside Royston Vasey.

  2. Si says

    This is excellent news and a real opportunity to do something different. Breaking free from the ‘clone’ of radio stations. Darlo does deserve better.

  3. Eoinindahouze says

    Is Jamie any relation to Richard?

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