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KCR locked out from premises

Merseyside's 106.7 KCR FM has been evicted from its Huyton premises, it has been revealed.

Bailiffs have changed the locks on the beleaguered station's studio building, in Paramount Business Park on Wilson Road [i](pictured)[/i], after the company "persistently breached its lease".

A notice on KCR's front door reads: "Landlords have taken peaceful possession of the property and the locks have been changed as a result of persistent breaches of the former lease.

"Access can only be allowed with the consent of the landlords."

Inside, the station's playout system is still working and has been broadcasting non-stop music and jingles on the 106.7 FM frequency since early on Friday.

Online reports allege that the station's owner, Southport-based Polaris Media, owes a five-figure sum to landlords and that if the matter is not settled by Friday 31 October, the contents of the building will be auctioned to pay debts.

Yesterday, KCR was [url=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.3981.2]issued with a Yellow Card[/url] by regulator Ofcom for broadcasting "no local content, news or information" since Friday.

The outfit was recently [url=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.3778.2]sold[/url] by previous owner Ray Ferguson to Polaris Media, who had introduced a number of alternative music shows in its evening slots. It originally launched in 2001 as KCR (Knowsley Community Radio) 106.7 before relaunching as TLRC-owned The Rocket in 2005.

Programmes reverted to KCR FM, under original owner Ferguson, around a year later. In its most recent RAJAR survey, it returned just 2,000 listeners, placing it among the least listened-to stations in the country.

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