The future of Stockport’s award-winning radio station, Pure 107.8FM has been thrown into doubt as the community radio station desperately seeks a cash lifeline, after its parent charity revealed it is no longer in a position to offer the financial subsidy required to cover the running costs.
Pure 107.8FM first went on air in 2003 before getting a full time community radio licence for Stockport three years later; last September the station celebrated a decade on the airs. However, in recent years Pure Innovations has been hard hit by continued austerity cuts and unfortunately has no alternative but to hand the popular radio stations licence back to communications regulator Ofcom unless a financial package can be agreed.
It is now hoped that another organisation or group may come forward to back the station, which has three full time members of staff and an army of more than fifty volunteers.
Last year Pure Radio was a double winner at the inaugural National Community Radio Awards, winning Gold for in the Best Community Development category for its radio project One Voice, which works with people with learning disabilities. The station has also become essential listening for Hatters fans as it moves into its 10th year of providing full match commentary of Stockport County’s games, home and away.
It is planned that the station will close at the end of April unless a financial backer or even a consortium of backers can be found.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It’s sad that a great community radio station like Pure, which has served Stockport for a decade, may be forced to close after the loss of a key subsidy which covers running costs.
“Stockport deserves a fully dedicated local radio station and I think it’s wrong that we now face losing that valuable community asset which has supported local projects and campaigns such as care leavers’ charity Insight and Homeless charity The Wellspring.
“I sincerely hope another source of finance can be secured quickly so that we can continue enjoying a truly local, community based broadcaster.”
Louise Parrott Bates, Chief Executive of the charity, Pure Innovations said:
“I’m absolutely devastated to have reached this position but it is the only way to protect front line services and concentrate on our core business to ensure we have a sustainable future for all clients
“It feels fundamentally wrong for Stockport to face the potential of losing such a valuable community asset but there’s nothing more financially we can do. We will ensure all clients involved in the delivery of the radio show predominately “One Voice”, have alternative substitutes identified which may be in the form of pod casts”
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