Community station Hot Radio to stop broadcasting next week

Bournemouth Echo: Community station Hot Radio to stop broadcasting next week Community station Hot Radio to stop broadcasting next week

BOURNEMOUTH-based broadcaster Hot Radio has shocked listeners by announcing it will stop broadcasting on Monday.

The news was delivered in two messages on Twitter this afternoon – a month after the station was given a five-year extension to its licence.

The first said: “It is with regret that Hot Radio will cease broadcasting on Monday January 6 at 1800.”

A second added: “We would like to thank all our staff, listeners and advertisers for all their support over the last five years.”

Ihe community radio station started in 2008 as Bay 102.8, based in Poole.

In February 2012, AFC Bournemouth’s then-chairman Eddie Mitchell announced that he would be re-launching it as Hot Radio, based at the Goldsands Stadium in Dean Court.

A statement from AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn said today: "After a great deal of deliberation and with much regret, we have decided to close Hot Radio.

"AFC Bournemouth has financially supported the station over the last two years, but unfortunately it just doesn't make business sense to keep it operating going forward.

"I'd like to thank all those who have supported the station during the time it has been at the club and everyone who has worked so hard to make it a success."

In November, the station won permission from industry regulator Ofcom to continue broadcasting on 102.8FM until November 2018.

The licence is held in the name of Poole Community Radio Ltd.

The station had more than 20 volunteer workers as well as paid staff. It claimed a weekly reach of 30,000 listeners.

 

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5:51pm Mon 30 Dec 13

poole boy2 says...

The Best Radio Station on the South Coast !! You will be sadly missed !!
The Best Radio Station on the South Coast !! You will be sadly missed !! poole boy2

5:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

ian_the_bute says...

Eddie Mitchell and business failure in the same sentence I'm going to have sit down for a bit as I'm still in shock !!! .Very sorry for the hot radio staff. best of luck to you
Eddie Mitchell and business failure in the same sentence I'm going to have sit down for a bit as I'm still in shock !!! .Very sorry for the hot radio staff. best of luck to you ian_the_bute

6:43pm Mon 30 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

The licence is worh a quid, isn't it?
The licence is worh a quid, isn't it? whataboutthat

7:55pm Mon 30 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

Same reason why you can,t get spangled anymore.the world will keep on revolving.try plumbing .Eddie .might give yo a job
Same reason why you can,t get spangled anymore.the world will keep on revolving.try plumbing .Eddie .might give yo a job kalebmoledirt

8:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

amadrumma says...

Just rewards for some dubious moves in getting there in the first place!
Just rewards for some dubious moves in getting there in the first place! amadrumma

8:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Talkingheadera says...

Afc bournemouth has supported hot radio?
Financially. ?
I expect so.
Mitchell doesn't do anything without it being of benefit to him.
It wouldn't surprise me if something underhand was going on and hence he stepped down at the club.
Watch out Poole town.
Afc bournemouth has supported hot radio? Financially. ? I expect so. Mitchell doesn't do anything without it being of benefit to him. It wouldn't surprise me if something underhand was going on and hence he stepped down at the club. Watch out Poole town. Talkingheadera

5:30pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Richard 1976 says...

It seems to be the way things are going generally as regards local media.. 2cr went down the bog a few years back after rebrands and mergers so it's sad to hear that another local station is to have the plug pulled.. It'll be interesting to see how the new local tv station down the road gets on when it launches in 2014. My guess is it will try hard to fill the gap left by the old regional itv service(southern/TVS
)but find if financially tough.
It seems to be the way things are going generally as regards local media.. 2cr went down the bog a few years back after rebrands and mergers so it's sad to hear that another local station is to have the plug pulled.. It'll be interesting to see how the new local tv station down the road gets on when it launches in 2014. My guess is it will try hard to fill the gap left by the old regional itv service(southern/TVS )but find if financially tough. Richard 1976

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