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Laser faces legal action

Laser Broadcasting's West Somerset station QuayWest 102.4fm is facing eviction, because the radio group has failed to pay rent on the studios and offices for two years, according to local council officials.

The company was meant to pay just £50 a week for the property owned by West Somerset Council, but has not done so since 2006.

The West Somerset Free Press reports that Laser is also believed to owe the district council business rates and is not paying staff wages on time.

Tom Bown, the district council’s corporate information officer told the paper: “Quaywest Radio has not paid the council any rent since 2006 despite efforts by the council to get them to do so and assurances by the station that it would.

“We feel that it is not fair that this company is expanding on a national level at the expense of the local taxpayers in West Somerset.

“With regret, we have been left no option other than to take legal action.”

Several of the group's station websites are no longer online, nor is that of Laser Broadcasting.

It follows previous press reports of Laser Broadcasting's alleged financial difficulties earlier in the year, which revolved around payment of presenters at Fresh Radio in Skipton.

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