Leeds United pulls plug on Yorkshire Radio
Yorkshire Radio has gone off-air at 6pm today with just a few hours notice to listeners and staff.
The station, which broadcast on DAB and on Sky, launched in 2006 and was funded by Leeds United covering a number of different sports.
A statement from the club said United wanted to concentrate their digital media output on their website and LUTV online television channel.
The timing of the closure of the station coincides with the removal of the club’s President Ken Bates, who launched the station after a year in charge.
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Signs that the closure was sudden are evident on the station’s Twitter account, which just hours ago advised one listener to try again at a competition ‘tomorrow’ and promotion of the show which should have commenced at 6pm.
@SimonPWalker22 Sorry you didnt win today….try again tomorrow!
— Yorkshire Radio (@Yorkshireradio) July 30, 2013
Yorkshire Radio director Ben Fry said on Twitter: “Thanks to everyone who has listened to the station over the last seven years and to those who have contributed on air and supported us.”
Manager director David Haigh said: “This is one of the toughest decisions we have made, and we would like to place on record our thanks to all the staff at Yorkshire Radio , who have worked tremendously hard over the years to build up a Yorkshire sports station on DAB.”