Ridings and Dearne on the move

Wakefield's Ridings FM and Barnsley's Dearne FM, currently both co-located in Barnsley, have gained Ofcom permission to move in with Trax FM in Doncaster.

It's thought all services will continue independently after the move with no increase in shared programmes at this stage.

Barnsley Town Talk [link=http://www.barnsley.towntalk.co.uk/news/d/19040/Dearne-FM-To-Close-Barnsley-Studios/]reports[/link] parent group Lincs FM are looking to save half a million pounds a year by moving the two stations, which only co-located [link=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.3257.2]themselves[/link] in 2008.

It will be the second time that Ridings FM, covering over 250,000 people in West Yorkshire, has moved studio location outside of its own area, even though Ofcom's guidelines on co-location suggests stations of this size will only be granted permission to broadcast from elsewhere in special circumstances.

It is not known at this stage how many, if any, redundancies will be made because of the move.

Ridings FM had permission to re-locate outside of Ofcom's [link=http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/radio/statement/Approved_areas_annex.pdf]newly defined areas[/link] before they were published in 2009. If the move goes ahead, Doncaster will be home to local radio services for Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Wakefield.

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