Durham FM and Alpha Radio to return under new ownership

Durham and Darlington will see the return of their local radio stations in June as Durham FM and Alpha Radio return.

The two licences, previously held by View TV Group and broadcast as Rathergood Radio, have been bought by Helius Media Group.

Head of Programming, Ryan Davies told RadioToday: “I would like to thank Jamie and the View TV Group for this exciting opportunity. I am looking forward to building two great new local radio stations in the next few weeks, before a full launch in June.”

Alpha Radio and later Alpha 103.2 launched in 1995 whilst Durham FM launched in 2005. Both were rebranded as Star Radio and shared programmes under ownership of TLRC / UKRD. Most recently they have been identifying as Vintage Music Radio.

Helius Media Group is a part-owner of Imagine in Stockport, in a joint venture with Like Radio.

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2 Comments
  1. Radio Geordie says

    View TV had the licences for two years & all they’ve done in that time is re-brand the service twice (this will be the third time) and moved two of the transmitters to lower powered crappy reception sites.
    Not a very good track record is it?
    So much for the revolutionary no adverts service as all programmes are sponsored or have they sold up as they have used the service to line their own pockets? – just like the big boys.
    At least the new owners are reverting the licences back to what they were originally licensed to do.
    Do have to ask why Nation didn’t buy it though given they recently bought the neighbouring Sun FM.

  2. Martin1601 says

    Welcome back Alpha and Durham. I’m looking forward to PROPER ILR in the southern half of the North East.
    Currently the only local station is BBC Tees along with 4 community stations in Hartlepool Redcar Middlesbrough and Bishop Auckland. None of these serve Darlington.
    I can’t wait

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