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Community station Cheshire FM closes down

Community radio station Cheshire FM has ended broadcasts after being served with a winding-up order because of unpaid debts.

The station, which launched in March 2007, fell silent on Friday afternoon.

It’s understood the final track played was Take That’s ‘Happy Now’, with the station’s RDS changing to ‘RIP CHFM’.

Only last month the station heard from Ofcom that its licence was being renewed for a further five years, so would have been able to continue until at least March 2017.

Cheshire FM was awarded a community radio licence in May 2006 after previously running an RSL station. It was set up by Wire FM founders David Duffy and Houltby. Duffy went on to buy Dune FM and later Central Radio while running Cheshire FM.

The community station hasn’t been managed by Niocom for over a year. Recent changes included the signing of Brendan Kearney for the station’s breakfast show in June last year.

Cheshire FM has had mixed fortunes over the five years it was on air, picking up a business award in 2008 and then being found in breach of its licence by Ofcom in 2010 for not sticking to the regulator’s terms on advertising and sponsorship quotas.

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