Aberdeenshire’s NECR closes after 24 years on-air

North East Scotland commercial radio station NECR has closed down citing difficult trading and growing pressure from the internet as the reason.

All six of the station’s frequencies in eight locations and DAB multiplex slot stopped programmes at midnight last night, Wednesday 15th August 2018.

NECR was awarded an Independent Local Radio Licence in 1993 in the North East of Scotland and subsequently commenced broadcasting in June 1994, with 24 hour a day programming from premises in School Road, Kintore, eight miles north-west of Aberdeen, and was re-licenced for a further twelve years in December 2013.

Earlier this year, adverts appeared on-air saying the station was up for sale, and that the directors wish to retire.

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  1. Willie Bone says

    A sad story for lovers of auld traditional Independent Local Radio, the way it used to be! NECR overheads were huge for a stand-alone ILR service, requiring eight FM transmitter sites and carriage on local DAB in Aberdeenshire! There is something ironic about what was NECR’s base in Kintore, the town has lost its local radio station, but it is set to gain a railway station! How odd is that?

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