HG1 Radio closes after nine months online

Online Harrogate radio service HG1 Radio has closed after nine months of operating.

The service launched in July 2020 and has been available online 24 hours a day with specialist shows on weeknights and weekends.

It was set up by the people behind York community radio station YO1, under the YO1 Enterprises banner.

A local website says commercial difficulties are to blame for the closure.

The station’s website now redirects to YO1 Radio.

Wayne Chadwick, Managing Director of YO1 Radio, told RadioToday: “Very recently there have been a number of managerial changes at the parent company and we have taken the time to carefully evaluate the current situation and our priorities going forward.”

“Although HG1 had a steady and loyal listener base, our view was that things didn’t stack up on a business level and that resources were better utilised on our core brand. We would like to say a massive thank you to our presentation team, advertisers and most importantly to our listeners for their support over the last ten months or so.”

West Yorkshire Radio, also part of YO1 Enterprises, closed suddenly last month after all of the presenters quit.

The town of Harrogate, which has a population of around 75,000, also has new online station Your Harrogate, Harrogate Community Radio, and Greatest Hits Radio (previously Stray FM).

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Posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2021 at 9:23 pm by RadioToday UK

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