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Thanet radio station Academy FM to close

Another community radio station is closing this month citing lack of funds as the reason.

107.8 Academy FM in Thanet will cease broadcasting on December 18th 2015 after seven years on-air.

In an announcement on its website, the station says: “In common with many other radio stations in the sector, it has become increasingly difficult to raise sufficient funds to meet running costs.

“Academy FM Thanet has provided a unique service to many thousands of listeners, as well as offering an excellent opportunity for students. There have been significant individual success stories, with some students aspiring to go on to work in broadcasting, communications and the media. Over the past year Station Manager Bob Mower has overseen an increase in the station’s audience and in the number of volunteers taking an active part.

“The trustees would like to place on record their thanks to listeners and supporters who have supported the station over the past six years, and in particular to the staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to provide an exemplary radio broadcast service to the Thanet community.”

Ofcom is celebrating 10 years of community radio this week – stating there are 230 stations now on-air, run by 20,000 volunteers. Over 25 community radio stations however have closed since launching.

Academy FM Folkestone is not affected by the closure.

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