Lancashire’s Rossendale Radio closes down

Rossendale Radio has become the latest in a string of community radio stations to close, citing financial difficulties as the cause.

The station – based in Haslingden, Lancashire – launched in May 2010, but ended live broadcasts at 3pm today (Monday).

A statement was read out by breakfast show presenter ‘Big H’, followed by the Andrew Gold track ‘Thank you for being a friend’.

The statement said: “Rossendale Radio has experienced financial difficulties for the past 18 months. Despite the best efforts of a number of individuals and organisations to resolve the issues, it has been made clear that the problems are insurmountable and it is with deep regret that Rossendale Radio is being forced to close down. Following meetings and discussions with an independent financial advisor, involving the staff members of Rossendale Radio Station Limited, Agapao International and REAL, it was made apparent that Rossendale Radio is not viable and it is with great sadness that Rossendale Radio must cease live broadcast from 3pm on Monday 5th March 2012. The team involved would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support.”

Following a few hours of non-stop music, the station’s transmitter has now been switched off.

Last month, Lancaster’s Diversity FM announced plans to close because of a lack of funding, while other community stations going off air over the last few months include Cheshire FM and XS Wales.

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Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 7:56 pm by RadioToday UK

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