Ofcom approves Star Radio licence separation
A format change request to split Star Radio North East’s licences has been approved by Ofcom.
The station was sold by UKRD last week, but a condition of the sale is to transfer the output of the Northallerton and Thirk transmitters from Star Radio back to Minster FM.
The two areas started life as an extension of Minster FM but later transferred to Star Radio when it was formed out of Aplha 103.2, Durham FM and parts of Fresh Radio.
Now, 102.3 MHz in Thirsk and 103.5 MHz in Northallerton will be part of Minster FM.
The new owners, Darren Shortt and Jamie Branson, have both expressed their delight at having the opportunity to run the operation. Jamie said: “It’s exciting times ahead for the existing team and the local area as we look forward to a successful future.”
Darren added: “We look forward to creating some amazing radio and bringing the area a fun and informative station the region can be very proud of”.