Isles FM struggling to fund radio licence application

Commercial station Isles FM could close if it doesn’t raise a total of £6k by tomorrow.

The small station, which operates as a community station relying on donations and volunteers, has been broadcasting since 1998 from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis but needs the money to apply for a new 12 year licence with Ofcom.

After a flush of donations yesterday, Isles FM managing director David Morrison said he was ‘hopeful, but not certain’ that the total could be reached. The station remains open until 10am on Friday morning for pledged money to be delivered, and for new donations to be made.

The station wrote on Facebook: “Messages which came in with donations yesterday showed substantial community support for the station, with words like ‘in appreciation of your invaluable service to our community’; and ‘thanks for your support over the years.’”

Isles FM needs £6k by Friday at 5pm after being given an extension by Ofcom to apply. Its current licence runs out at the end of December 2015.

Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 11:29 am by RadioToday

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