Community station closes before launching
A community radio station in Scotland has surrendered its licence to Ofcom before it has even launched.
Sound of Mull Radio was granted a five year licence in 2012 and promised a launch in 2014, but instead has decided not to launch at all.
On winning a licence, the station said “Sound of Mull Radio will serve the islanders living on the Isle of Mull & Iona. It will reflect the unique island life, culturally, linguistically and socially, and will give a voice to islanders.”
It posted on Facebook: “It is great news For the team who put the application together 2 years of effort has not been wasted it is even better news for the people of Mull & Iona.”
The station had permission to broadcast via two transmitters – one in the north of the area at the Glengorm estate and one in the south in Fionnphort.
On award, Ofcom said: “Within the group there is good relevant experience of broadcasting, running a radio station and the third sector. The applicant has outlined appropriate proposals for catering to the tastes and interests of the island communities, and the service will broaden choice. The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the needs of an island community and proposes an appropriate range of social gain. Membership of the station will be open to everyone, aiding accountability to the the target community.”
Around 25 community radio stations have ceased broadcasting in recent years, whilst over 200 are still on-air.
We’ve asked Sound of Mull Radio for comment and we are currently awaiting a reply.