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Pennine FM to close down

Former TLRC station Home 107.9 in Huddersfield, which relaunched as The New Pennine FM after a management buyout last year, is to cease transmission today after operating on their transmitter back up audio since yesterday.

Radio Today understands the company has entered administration, and the transmitter is set to be turned off this afternoon. Presenters and staff at the station were informed of the news yesterday.

Pennine FM is unrelated to The Pulse, the Bradford station which launched as Pennine Radio in September 1975. The Huddersfield station was relaunched with new owners on 1 March 2008.

According to the most recent RAJAR survey, the station had 20,000 listeners or a 10 per cent reach, and a total market share of 3 per cent.

Radio Today has been unable to contact anyone at the station and is awaiting a comment from Ofcom regarding the future of the Huddersfield FM licence.

It brings the total number of station closures this year to 5, with Pennine joining Time 106.8, Abbey FM, South London Radio and its former TLRC stablemate Mersey 106.7 in ceasing broadcasts.

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