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Original community station closes

The UK's first fully licensed full-time community radio station is to cease broadcasting at the end of the year due to lack of funding.

Forest of Dean Radio, which was awarded an Access Radio licence in 2002, will close at midnight on December 31st.

The station started life in 1995 with a number of short-term RSL broadcasts and went on to win the first Community Radio licence in 2005.

A statement from the station says: "Despite many months of effort the project has been unable to secure sufficient funding and resources to enable it to continue until the end of its present five year license at the end of 2010.

"Management have taken this decision now in order to preserve the core of the project assets so as to provide a foundation on which community media work in the future may be built, although what form that may take is currently uncertain."

A number of other community radio stations have either closed or failed to launch, including Trust FM in Chesterfield, Chelmsford Calling, Kool AM in Harlow, Sound Radio in Hackney, Talkin' Toxteth TTFM in Liverpool, Aspire FM in Poole and Ness FM in Inverness.

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