Saturday 25 November 2017

Funding crux sees Ballyhoura Radio end local broadcasting

Presenters John Harrold and Charlotte Grimley outside Charleville's Ballyhoura Community Radio.
Presenters John Harrold and Charlotte Grimley outside Charleville's Ballyhoura Community Radio.


A CHARLEVILLE based community radio station has been taken off-air after broadcasting for less than two years.

Ballyhoura Community Radio began broadcasting in May 2011 from its studio on Smiths Lane with the remit of delivering a voluntary radio service to an audience living and working within the greater Charleville area.

The station encouraged local groups and individuals to become involved in the making and presentation of community focussed programming and in the day-to-day running, management and maintenance of the station.

It evolved from an initiative of the Charleville Chamber, which in 2004 set up group to investigate the feasibility of setting up a dedicated radio station for the town and its hinterland.

This resulted in the establishment of the Ballyhoura Community Radio Ltd, which applied for a licence to broadcast communities within an eight-kilometre radius of the town including Ballyhea, Castletown, Dromina, Newtownshandrum and Milford.

The Corkman was unable to contact anyone involved with the station to find out why it was taken off-air.

However, a statement on the station's website said that it was with "deep regret" that its board of directors had elected to close down the station from Thursday, March 14.

"We would like to give our sincere thanks to all who have contributed to and been supportive of the station from those who have been by our side since it was just an idea all those years ago to our most recent recruits," read the statement.

"To the volunteers and staff thank you for your never ending dedication and enthusiasm. The quality of your work was outstanding and you should all be justifiably proud of what you achieved. Until we meet again..." concluded the statement.


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