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Community radio station Preston FM future hangs in the balance

Posted on - 11th January, 2015 - 3:38pm | Author - | Posted in - News

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Mystery surrounds why a Preston community radio station has gone off the airwaves.

Preston FM is no longer keeping to its regular schedule and has reverted to recorded music on repeat.

The radio station, which has many volunteers who do regular weekly shows, took to Facebook to say its future was currently being negotiated.

The statement said: “We’re sorry we’ve taken a break from our regular broadcasting. This has been necessary to allow Preston FM Ltd to take part in discussions and negotiations regarding the future of community radio in Preston and South Ribble. We hope you can understand that the we, the volunteers of Preston FM, cannot make any further comments without potentially jeopardizing these negotiations.

“Preston FM Ltd will issue a statement in due course and we look forward to getting back on air as soon as we can.”

Normal broadcasting ended on Tuesday and has not been restored.

The station currently broadcasts from premises on Cannong Street after moving there in 2013 from Fox Street after the collapse of Prescap.

In March 2012 the arts charity was wound up and Preston FM Limited was set up as its own entity – but has struggled to sustain itself financially.

In recent months Preston FM appeared to have found stability as it revamped its schedule and recruited new volunteer presenters.

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